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[an-tee-in-tl-ek-choo-uh l, an-tahy‐]
  1. a person opposed to or hostile toward intellectuals and the modern academic, artistic, social, religious, and other theories associated with them.
  2. a person who believes that intellect and reason are less important than actions and emotions in solving practical problems and understanding reality.
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of anti-intellectuals or their beliefs.
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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
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Word Origin and History for anti-intellectualism


1904, from anti- + intellectualism; or in some cases from anti-intellectual + -ism.

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

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