- 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
Related Words for intellectualistbrain, philosopher, sage, scholar, sophist, casuist, mastermind, mind, student, theorist
Examples from the Web for intellectualist
Historical Examples of 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