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noun, plural in·tel·lec·tu·al·i·ties.
  1. the quality or state of being intellectual.
  2. intellectual character or power.
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Origin of intellectuality

From the Late Latin word intellēctuālitās, dating back to 1605–15. See intellectual, -ity
Related formsun·in·tel·lec·tu·al·i·ty, noun
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Historical Examples

  • He noted, for the first time, the keen alertness and intellectuality of the other's face.

    The Shrieking Pit

    Arthur J. Rees

  • Our men are too worldly and sensual in their intellectuality.

  • Her countenance was alike expressive of intellectuality and strong passions.

    Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf

    George W. M. Reynolds

  • He has neither the gravity of the first, nor yet the intellectuality of the second.

  • The poet has transferred to them too much of his own intellectuality.

Word Origin and History for intellectuality


mid-15c., "the part of the mind which understands; understanding, intellect;" from Old French intellectualité and directly from Late Latin intellectualitas, from Latin intellectualis (see intellectual).

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