- to talk or write intellectually; reason; philosophize: to intellectualize about world problems.
Also especially British, in·tel·lec·tu·al·ise.
Origin of intellectualize
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- to make or become intellectual
- (tr) to treat or consider in an intellectual way; rationalize
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Word Origin and History for intellectualization
1821, noun of action from intellectualize.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act or process of intellectualizing.
- An unconscious means of protecting oneself from the emotional stress and anxiety associated with confronting painful personal fears or problems by excessive reasoning.
- To furnish a rational structure or meaning for.
- To engage in intellectualization.
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