Definitions of intellectual

  1. involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct; " a cerebral approach to the problem"; " cerebral drama"
  2. a person who uses the mind creatively
  3. appealing to or using the intellect; " satire is an intellectual weapon"; " intellectual workers engaged in creative literary or artistic or scientific labor"; " has tremendous intellectual sympathy for oppressed people"; " coldly intellectual"; " sort of the intellectual type"; " intellectual literature"
  4. of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind; " intellectual problems"; " the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man"
  5. Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.
  6. Endowed with intellect; having the power of understanding; having capacity for the higher forms of knowledge or thought; characterized by intelligence or mental capacity; as, an intellectual person.
  7. Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments.
  8. The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.
  9. Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called mental philosophy.
  10. Pertaining to, or understood by, the mind; mental; endowed or gifted with the power of understanding; exercising the mind.
  11. Intellectually.
  12. Of or relating to the intellect or mind: perceived or performed by the intellect: having the power of understanding.
  13. Pertaining to, or gifted with, intellect.
  14. Pertaining to or marked by intellect; mental; highly intelligent. Intellective.
  15. Intellectuality.
  16. Possessing intellect; relating to the intellect; performed by the intellect; appreciated by the intellect; existing in the intellect; ideal.
  17. Pert. to the intellect or mind; mental; having the power of understanding.

Antonyms for intellectual

airheaded, oafish, dense, lubber, empty-headed, lowbrow, corporal, brainless, bubbleheaded, Stupe, dumb, prat, unschooled, Thick-headed, bodily, untaught, half-wit, bubblehead, saphead, cretin, uncultured, Chuckleheaded, dull, lowbrowed, Hardhead, awkward, ninny, softheaded, schlub, dim, dunderhead, illiterate, obtuse, unlearned, loon, physical, Clodpoll, mug, dunce, sottish, hammerhead, bungling, clunk, insensible, thick, ignoramus, noodle, philistine, senseless, uneducated, extracurricular, slow, materialist, animal, unintelligent, ignorant, dopey, nimrod, ratbag, benighted, goof, doofus, dumbbell, airhead, mindless, turkey, golem, thickhead, nincompoop, chowderhead, uninstructed, woodenhead, dim-witted, schnook, unenlightened, moron, unsmart, noneducational, unscholarly, oaf, material, vacuous, nit, dim bulb, simple, swinish, loggerhead, nonintellectual, witless, fatuous, sensual, thick-witted, palooka, base, opaque, Weak-minded, clot, analphabetic, dimwit, hulk, dullard, numskull, nonliterate, dark, dummkopf, unconscious, Ninnyhammer, mutt, somatic, dolt, moronic, beastly, unread, uncultivated, boneheaded, birdbrain, soft, goon, lascivious, carnal, cluck, lamebrain, bonehead, dunderheaded, gormless, Noddy, foolish, emotional, vile, dumbhead, clod, yahoo, donkey, lug, dork, unlettered, clumsy, clodhopper, Chucklehead, half-witted, corporeal, lump, blockhead, bestial, untutored, brain dead, gawk, simpleton, Mome, birdbrained, doltish, yo-yo, dodo, lunkheaded, deadhead, dum-dum, meathead, thickheaded, anti-intellectual, lout, nitwit, fathead, brutish, slow-witted, dorky, stolid, idiotic, lunkhead, fleshly.

Quotes of intellectual

  1. An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. – Charles Bukowski
  2. The intellectual architecture means focusing on doing great work instead of focusing on agency politics. – Jay Chiat
  3. Tennis doesn't encourage any kind of intellectual development. – Jim Courier
  4. Eyes is the attempt to tell the story of the Civil Rights movement and to create an emotional, intellectual constituency. But what do you do after that? The black community doesn't have institutions that pick up such moments and preserve them. – Henry Hampton
  5. This intellectual Pearl Harbor, a real gutsy sock to the stomach. – J. Allen Hynek
  6. Steve Martin is one of the most intelligent, well -read human beings that I've ever come across. He is equally as funny off screen as he is on. But he also has a very intellectual side, and he's a really nice human being. We actually become good friends. – Anthony LaPaglia
  7. Americans have been selling this view around the world: that progress comes from perfect protection of intellectual property. – Lawrence Lessig
  8. I try to keep a balance between conceptional or intellectual comprehension and emotional understanding. – Alva Noto
  9. I shall suggest, on the contrary, that all communication relies, to a noticeable extent on evoking knowledge that we cannot tell, and that all our knowledge of mental processes, like feelings or conscious intellectual activities, is based on a knowledge which we cannot tell. – Michael Polanyi
  10. I desire to assist in attracting to this profession young men of character and ability, also to help those already engaged in the profession to acquire the highest moral and intellectual training. – Joseph Pulitzer
  11. It will be sufficient to point to the enormous burdens which armaments place on the economic, social, and intellectual resources of a nation, as well as on its budget and taxes. – Ludwig Quidde
  12. An intellectual is someone who avoids the mundane by lowering his handicap. – Richard Reeves
  13. One day I heard a speech of Hitler. In this speech he said that the German factory worker and the German labourer must make common cause with the German intellectual worker. – Fritz Sauckel
  14. An intellectual is going to have doubts, for example, about a fundamentalist religious doctrine that admits no doubt, about an imposed political system that allows no doubt, about a perfect aesthetic that has no room for doubt. – Antonio Tabucchi
  15. The only hope of socialism resides in those who have already brought about in themselves, as far as is possible in the society of today, that union between manual and intellectual labor which characterizes the society we are aiming at. – Simone Weil

Usage examples for intellectual

  1. And, at all events, this girl was a lady, high- born, high- bred, intellectual and unique. – What Dreams May Come by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  2. What a confusion of ideas, what disorder of sentiments, what revolution in heart, in brain, in every part of his moral and intellectual being!" – Rousseau Volumes I. and II. by John Morley
  3. When he needs some intellectual development he makes it. – Education: How Old The New by James J. Walsh
  4. Of course, there is an intellectual discipline which is also needed. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  5. Taking all circumstances into consideration, I should be disposed to agree with him; but how am I to communicate this truth to a person who has scarcely ever felt intellectual pleasure? – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
  6. In fact, political education set up a new intellectual standard. – The School and the World by Victor Gollancz and David Somervell
  7. " But," objected Henry de Bracieux, " many of them- and some quite young, too- are very intellectual I know some." – Bijou by Gyp
  8. His moral and intellectual stand- point was loftier. – Erlach Court by Ossip Schubin
  9. But what is the relation of our general intellectual life to popular education? – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  10. At other times it is an individual who stands out in broad spiritual and intellectual contrast with another of the same people and the same age. – Platform Monologues by T. G. Tucker
  11. But intellectual development is not my main business or interest, and I mean to say little more concerning Cosmo's than that, after about six weeks' work, the boy one day begged Mr. Simon to let him look at those papers again, and found to his delight that he understood all but three or four of them. – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  12. I speak now of his moral and intellectual condition rather than of his social position among men. – Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions by George S. Boutwell
  13. His lofty brow, Wolf said, he had inherited from his father, and his mind was certainly bright; but what could be predicted with any certainty concerning the intellectual powers of a boy scarcely seven years old? – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  14. She must be intellectual enough to deserve his friendship so long as he desired her to be his friend. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  15. It was only when he discovered that she had lost her head over his romantic looks, and not over his genius and his inherited right to leadership, that he began to question her intellectual sincerity. – The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke
  16. Perhaps it comes as a shock to the reader who has always insisted upon a clear intellectual understanding and a rigid reasoning upon all things, to find within what narrow limits, after all, the intellect itself has to work- it can do little more than make more or less certain generalisations concerning the world of experience, and then to argue from these, or from definitions that it itself has framed. – Rudolph Eucken by Abel J. Jones
  17. Nor was the age without its intellectual distinction. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe
  18. He was not only an intellectual giant, but he was a man of commanding presence and attractive personality. – The Facts of Reconstruction by John R. Lynch
  19. In a degree, but not so decidedly as the intellectual brute. – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  20. An intellectual person she certainly was not. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips