WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
in•tel•lec•tu•al•ism  (in′tl ekcho̅o̅ ə liz′əm), 
n. 
  1. devotion to intellectual pursuits.
  2. the exercise of the intellect.
  3. excessive emphasis on abstract or intellectual matters, esp. with a lack of proper consideration for emotions.
[Philos.]
  • the doctrine that knowledge is wholly or chiefly derived from pure reason.
  • the belief that reason is the final principle of reality.
Etymology:
  • intellectual + -ism 1820–30
in′tel•lectu•al•ist, n. 
in′tel•lec′tu•al•istic, adj. 
in′tel•lec′tu•al•isti•cal•ly, adv. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

intellectualism /ˌɪntɪˈlɛktʃʊəˌlɪzəm/ n
  1. development and exercise of the intellect
  2. the doctrine that reason is the ultimate criterion of knowledge

ˌintelˈlectualist n , adj ˌintelˌlectualˈistic adj



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