[ an-tee-in-tl-ek-choo-uh l, an-tahy‐ ]
/ ˌæn tiˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl, ˌæn taɪ‐ /


a person opposed to or hostile toward intellectuals and the modern academic, artistic, social, religious, and other theories associated with them.
a person who believes that intellect and reason are less important than actions and emotions in solving practical problems and understanding reality.


of, relating to, or characteristic of anti-intellectuals or their beliefs.

Nearby words

  1. anti-idiotype,
  2. anti-imperialist,
  3. anti-infective,
  4. anti-inflammatory,
  5. anti-inflationary,
  6. anti-intellectualism,
  7. anti-leaguer,
  8. anti-lebanon,
  9. anti-lewisite,
  10. anti-macassar

Also an·ti-in·tel·lec·tu·al·ist.

Origin of anti-intellectual

First recorded in 1935–40

Related formsan·ti-in·tel·lec·tu·al·ism, nounan·ti-in·tel·lec·tu·al·is·tic, adjectivean·ti-in·tel·lec·tu·al·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for anti-intellectual


1821 (adj.), from anti- + intellectual. As a noun meaning "an anti-intellectual person" from 1913.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper