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Word of the day: Intellectual

Intellectual:

Pronunciation: \?in-t?-?lek-ch?-w?l, -ch?l, -shw?l, -chü(-?)l\
Function: adjective
Date: 14th century
1 a
: of or relating to the intellect or its use b : developed or chiefly guided by the intellect rather than by emotion or experience : rational c : requiring use of the intellect <intellectual games>
2 a : given to study, reflection, and speculation b : engaged in activity requiring the creative use of the intellect <intellectual playwrights>

in·tel·lec·tu·al·i·ty \-?lek-ch?-?wa-l?-t?\ noun

in·tel·lec·tu·al·ly \-?lek-ch?-w?-l?, -ch?-l?, -shw?-l?, -chü(-?)-l?\ adverb

in·tel·lec·tu·al·ness \-?lek-ch?-w?l-n?s, -ch?l-, -shw?l-, -chü(-?)l-\ noun

–adjective

1. appealing to or engaging the intellect: intellectual pursuits.
2. of or pertaining to the intellect or its use: intellectual powers.
3. possessing or showing intellect or mental capacity, esp. to a high degree: an intellectual person.
4. guided or developed by or relying on the intellect rather than upon emotions or feelings; rational.
5. characterized by or suggesting a predominance of intellect: an intellectual way of speaking.
Synonyms: bookish, brainy, cerebral, creative, highbrow, highbrowed, intellective, intelligent, inventive, learned, mental, phrenic, psychological, rational, scholarly, studious, subjective, thoughtful
–noun

6. a person of superior intellect.
7. a person who places a high value on or pursues things of interest to the intellect or the more complex forms and fields of knowledge, as aesthetic or philosophical matters, esp. on an abstract and general level.
8. an extremely rational person; a person who relies on intellect rather than on emotions or feelings.
9. a person professionally engaged in mental labor, as a writer or teacher.
10. intellectuals, Archaic .

a. the mental faculties.
b. things pertaining to the intellect.
Synonyms: Einstein, academic, academician, avant-garde, brain*, braintruster, doctor, egghead, genius, highbrow, intelligentsia, philosopher, pundit, sage, scholar, thinker, whiz*, wizard
Origin:
1350–1400;  ME < L intell?ctu?lis,  equiv. to intell?ctu-,  s. of intell?ctus intellect + -?lis -al1

References

“intellectual.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2010.  Merriam-Webster Online. 28 May 2010.  <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intellectual>

“intellectual.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 28 May. 2010. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/intellectual>.

Written by Ms. Salacious (admin) in Word of the Day

Amanda is an interesting soul. Aside from being a poet and dabbling essayist, she also does research projects for fun. The muses are currently directing her to catalogue Afro-Cuban herbs used in the Lucumi religion, research the occurrences of non-traditional religion in modern society, develop a not-for-profit society for the religions of the African diaspora, write more fiction and poetry, develop an educational outreach company to bring museum field trips into schools/libraries, and collect her favorite recipes and food stories into a book, all while being the best mom she can be and going back to school.

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