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INTELLECTUAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does intellectual mean? 

INTELLECTUAL (noun)
  The noun INTELLECTUAL has 1 sense:

1. a person who uses the mind creatively

  Familiarity information: INTELLECTUAL used as a noun is very rare.


INTELLECTUAL (adjective)
  The adjective INTELLECTUAL has 4 senses:

1. of or relating to the intellect
2. of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
3. appealing to or using the intellect
4. involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct

  Familiarity information: INTELLECTUAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTELLECTUAL (noun)


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Meaning:

A person who uses the mind creatively

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

intellectual; intellect

Hypernyms ("intellectual" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intellectual"):

anomalist (someone who has a special interest in exceptional cases)

bookman; scholar; scholarly person; student (a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines)

doubter; sceptic; skeptic (someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs)

specifier (someone who draws up specifications giving details (as for obtaining a patent))

subjectivist (a person who subscribes to subjectivism)

synthesiser; synthesist; synthesizer (an intellectual who synthesizes or uses synthetic methods)

idealogue; theoretician; theoriser; theorist; theorizer (someone who theorizes (especially in science or art))

creative thinker; mind; thinker (an important intellectual)

thinker (someone who exercises the mind (usually in an effort to reach a decision))

illusionist; seer; visionary (a person with unusual powers of foresight)

mentor; wise man (a wise and trusted guide and advisor)

highbrow (a person of intellectual or erudite tastes)

exponent (someone who expounds and interprets or explains)

alchemist (one who was versed in the practice of alchemy and who sought an elixir of life and a panacea and an alkahest and the philosopher's stone)

aphorist (someone who formulates aphorisms or who repeats aphorisms)

bel esprit (a witty or clever person with a fine mind)

clever clogs; clever Dick (an intellectual who is ostentatiously and irritatingly knowledgeable)

decipherer; decoder (the kind of intellectual who converts messages from a code to plain text)

egghead (an intellectual; a very studious and academic person)

expositor; expounder (a person who explains)

brain; brainiac; Einstein; genius; mastermind (someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality)

wonderer (someone who is curious about something)


INTELLECTUAL (adjective)


Sense 1intellectual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the intellect

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

his intellectual career

Pertainym:

intellect (knowledge and intellectual ability)


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Meaning:

Of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind

Synonyms:

noetic; intellectual; rational

Context examples:

intellectual problems / the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man

Similar:

mental (involving the mind or an intellectual process)


Sense 3intellectual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Appealing to or using the intellect

Context examples:

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

Similar:

sophisticated (intellectually appealing)

good; serious (appealing to the mind)

reflective (devoted to matters of the mind)

rational (having its source in or being guided by the intellect (distinguished from experience or emotion))

highbrow; highbrowed (highly cultured or educated)

Also:

educated (possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge))

mental (involving the mind or an intellectual process)

scholarly (characteristic of scholars or scholarship)

Attribute:

intellect; mind (knowledge and intellectual ability)

Antonym:

nonintellectual (not intellectual)


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Meaning:

Involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct

Synonyms:

cerebral; intellectual

Context examples:

a cerebral approach to the problem / cerebral drama


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