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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, pertaining 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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Word Origin and History for anti-intellectualism
n.

1904, from anti- + intellectualism; or in some cases from anti-intellectual + -ism.

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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