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anti-intellectual

[an-tee-in-tl-ek-choo-uh l, an-tahy‐] /ˌæn tiˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl, ˌæn taɪ‐/
noun
1.
a person opposed to or hostile toward intellectuals and the modern academic, artistic, social, religious, and other theories associated with them.
2.
a person who believes that intellect and reason are less important than actions and emotions in solving practical problems and understanding reality.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of anti-intellectuals or their beliefs.
Also, anti-intellectualist.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40
Related forms
anti-intellectualism, noun
anti-intellectualistic, adjective
anti-intellectuality, noun
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  • She is a perfect embodiment of the right's anti-science, anti-intellectual, mystical world view.
  • And the book is not an anti-intellectual celebration of spontaneity or an artifact of literary primitivism.
  • Yet our recipe for achieving that is an anti-intellectual witches' brew of lousy values.
  • Despite the anti-intellectual rhetoric prevalent in much public discourse these days, more education enhances the public good.
  • Open source is not pro-pirate, anti-copyright, or anti-intellectual property.
  • A-2's argument and the original poster's are quite anti-intellectual as well.
  • But their populism has been an anti-intellectual populism.
  • It is an insult to experts everywhere, and so typical of the anti-intellectual movement in this country.
  • Paradoxically, although the tone of the film is vaguely anti-intellectual, a lot of the humor also depends on language.
  • There was always a populist and anti-intellectual theme to his rhetoric.
Word Origin and History for anti-intellectual

1821 (adj.), from anti- + intellectual. As a noun meaning "an anti-intellectual person" from 1913.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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