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Definitions for anti-intellectual
ˌæn tiˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl, ˌæn taɪ-an·ti-in·tel·lec·tu·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. philistine, anti-intellectual, lowbrowadjective

    a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits

  2. anti-intellectual, philistineadjective

    smug and ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and cultural values


  1. anti-intellectualadjective

    indifferent or hostile to cultural or intellectual ideas


  1. anti-intellectual

    Anti-intellectual generally refers to attitudes or policies that devalue or disregard intellectual pursuits, critical thinking, or intellectual concepts and theories. It often manifests in hostility towards experts, education, art, science, or other intellectual institutions, often arising from the belief that intellectuality is unconnected with everyday life or ordinary people. This hostility can also stem from a political or ideological stance, where intellectuality is seen as a threat or unecessary.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anti-intellectual in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anti-intellectual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of anti-intellectual in a Sentence

  1. Micah Goodman:

    The foundational idea of The Talmud is to always listen to two sides of the argument, the Talmud admires people who ask' why are we wrong ?' Thinking only one side, or only your side, is correct is anti-intellectual.

  2. Theodore Rugers:

    Once again, Amy Wax has, through Amy Wax thoroughly anti-intellectual and racist comments denigrating Asian immigrants, underscored a fundamental tension around harmful speech at American universities, like all racist generalizations, Wax's recent comments inflict harm by perpetuating stereotypes and placing differential burdens on Asian students, faculty, and staff to carry the weight of this vitriol and bias.

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