- devotion to intellectual pursuits.
- the exercise of the intellect.
- excessive emphasis on abstract or intellectual matters, especially with a lack of proper consideration for emotions.
- the doctrine that knowledge is wholly or chiefly derived from pure reason.
- the belief that reason is the final principle of reality.
Origin of intellectualism
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Examples from the Web for intellectualist
We may note at once, however, that it is not an ‘intellectualist’ ideal.The Legacy of Greece
Theory is a possession of the theorist, intellect of the intellectualist.Human Nature and Conduct
Your intellectualist is not to be blamed if he fails to write as a sentimentalist.
Since Meredith is an intellectualist, we naturally ask what may be his philosophy.
You are no longer an intellectualist, but a voice of France.Atlantic Classics, Second Series
Henry C. Merwin
- development and exercise of the intellect
- the placing of excessive value on the intellect, esp with disregard for the emotions
- the doctrine that reason is the ultimate criterion of knowledge
- the doctrine that deliberate action is consequent on a process of conscious or subconscious reasoning
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Word Origin and History for intellectualist
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