a person who uses the mind creatively
intellectual, rational, noetic(adj)
of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
"intellectual problems"; "the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man"
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"
involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
"a cerebral approach to the problem"; "cerebral drama"
A learned person or one of high intelligence; especially, one who places greatest value on activities requiring exercise of the intelligence, such as study, complex forms of knowledge, literature and aesthetic matters, reflection and philosophical speculation; a member of the intelligentsia; as, intellectuals are often apalled at the inanities that pass for entertainment on television.
An intelligent person, someone interested in intellectual matters.
The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.
Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.
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.
Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments.
Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental" philosophy.
belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc
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
suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments
relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental" philosophy
the intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties
Origin: [L. intellectualis: cf. F. intellectuel.]
An intellectual is a person who primarily uses intelligence in either a professional or an individual capacity. As a substantive or adjective, it refers to the work product of such persons, to the so-called "life of the mind" generally, or to an aspect of something where learning, erudition, and informed and critical thinking are the focus, as in "the intellectual level of the discourse on the matter was not high". The intellectual is a specific variety of the intelligent, which unlike the general property, is strictly associated with reason and thinking. Many everyday roles require the application of intelligence to skills that may have a psychomotor component, for example, in the fields of medicine, sport or the arts, but these do not necessarily involve the practitioner in the "world of ideas". The distinctive quality of the intellectual person is that the mental skills, which he or she demonstrates, are not simply intelligent, but even more, they focus on thinking about the abstract, philosophical and esoteric aspects of human inquiry and the value of their thinking. Traditionally, the scholarly and the intellectual classes were closely identified; however, while intellectuals need not necessarily be actively involved in scholarship, they often have an academic background and will typically have an association with a profession.
A person who is smart and enjoys serious study and thought.
That person is a real intellectual.
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Rank popularity for the word 'intellectual' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3726
Rank popularity for the word 'intellectual' in Nouns Frequency: #2738
Rank popularity for the word 'intellectual' in Adjectives Frequency: #500
The numerical value of intellectual in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of intellectual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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- intel·lectualCatalan, Valencian
- Intellektuelle, Intellektueller, intellektuellGerman
- روشنفکری, فکریPersian
- intellectuel, intellectuelleFrench
- intelectual, intelectualăRomanian
- интеллектуальный, интеллектуал, интеллигент, умственныйRussian
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