intellectualism

[in-tl-ek-choo-uh-liz-uh m]
noun
  1. devotion to intellectual pursuits.
  2. the exercise of the intellect.
  3. excessive emphasis on abstract or intellectual matters, especially with a lack of proper consideration for emotions.
  4. Philosophy.
    1. the doctrine that knowledge is wholly or chiefly derived from pure reason.
    2. the belief that reason is the final principle of reality.

Origin of intellectualism

First recorded in 1820–30; intellectual + -ism
Related formsin·tel·lec·tu·al·ist, nounin·tel·lec·tu·al·is·tic, adjectivein·tel·lec·tu·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·in·tel·lec·tu·al·ism, nouno·ver·in·tel·lec·tu·al·ism, noun
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intellectualism

noun
  1. development and exercise of the intellect
  2. the placing of excessive value on the intellect, esp with disregard for the emotions
  3. philosophy
    1. the doctrine that reason is the ultimate criterion of knowledge
    2. the doctrine that deliberate action is consequent on a process of conscious or subconscious reasoning
Derived Formsintellectualist, noun, adjectiveintellectualistic, adjectiveintellectualistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intellectualism
n.

1829; see intellectual + -ism. Probably based on German Intellektualismus (said by Klein to have been coined 1803 by Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling (1775-1854) from Late Latin intellectualis). In English, originally with reference to the doctrines of Leibnitz.

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