intellectual

[ in-tl-ek-choo-uhl ]
/ ˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl /
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adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. intel,
  2. intellect,
  3. intellection,
  4. intellective,
  5. intellectronics,
  6. intellectual property,
  7. intellectualism,
  8. intellectuality,
  9. intellectualization,
  10. intellectualize

Origin of intellectual

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin intellēctuālis, equivalent to intellēctu-, stem of intellēctus intellect + -ālis -al1

SYNONYMS FOR intellectual
1, 2. mental. 3. See intelligent.

Related forms
Can be confusedintelligent intelligible intellectual (see synonym study at intelligent)

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British Dictionary definitions for hyper-intellectual

intellectual

/ (ˌɪntɪˈlɛktʃʊəl) /

adjective

of or relating to the intellect, as opposed to the emotions
appealing to or characteristic of people with a developed intellectintellectual literature
expressing or enjoying mental activity

noun

a person who enjoys mental activity and has highly developed tastes in art, literature, etc
a person who uses or works with his intellect
a highly intelligent person
Derived Formsintellectuality or intellectualness, nounintellectually, adverb

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Word Origin and History for hyper-intellectual
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Culture definitions for hyper-intellectual

intellectual

A person who engages in academic study or critical evaluation of ideas and issues. (See intelligentsia.)

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