pseudo-intellectual

pseudointellectual

[soo-doh-in-tl-ek-choo-uhl]
noun
1.
a person exhibiting intellectual pretensions that have no basis in sound scholarship.
2.
a person who pretends an interest in intellectual matters for reasons of status.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or characterized by fraudulent intellectuality; unscholarly: a pseudointellectual book.

Origin:
1935–40; pseudo- + intellectual

pseudointellectually, adverb
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