• WordNet 3.6
    • adj intellectual appealing to or using the intellect "satire is an intellectual weapon","intellectual workers engaged in creative literary or artistic or scientific labor","has tremendous intellectual sympathy for oppressed people","coldly intellectual","sort of the intellectual type","intellectual literature"
    • adj intellectual of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind "intellectual problems","the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man"
    • adj intellectual involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct "a cerebral approach to the problem","cerebral drama"
    • n intellectual a person who uses the mind creatively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When it originally appeared in 1886 - Coca Cola was billed as an "Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage".
    • Intellectual A learned person or one of high intelligence;
    • Intellectual Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc. "Logic is to teach us the right use of our reason or intellectual powers."
    • Intellectual Endowed with intellect; having the power of understanding; having capacity for the higher forms of knowledge or thought; characterized by intelligence or mental capacity; as, an intellectual person. "Who would lose,
      Though full of pain, this intellectual being,
      Those thoughts that wander through eternity?"
    • Intellectual Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called “mental” philosophy.
    • Intellectual Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments.
    • Intellectual The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties. "Her husband, for I view far round, not nigh,
      Whose higher intellectual more I shun."
      "I kept her intellectuals in a state of exercise."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The godfather of actress Winona Ryder was the late Dr. Timothy Leary, LSD guru of the 1960s. Winona’s father, Michael Horowitz, served at one time as Leary’s archivist and ran a bookstore called Flashback Books. Additionally, her parents were politically active intellectuals, and Beat poet Allen Ginsberg was a good family friend.
    • intellectual Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of intellect or understanding; belonging to the mind; performed by the understanding; appealing to or engaging the intellect or the higher capacities of man; mental: as, intellectual powers or operations; intellectual amusements.
    • intellectual Perceived by the intellect; existing in the understanding; ideal.
    • intellectual Having intellect, or the power of understanding; characterized by intellect, or the capacity for the higher forms of knowledge: as, an intellectual being.
    • n intellectual The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties: commonly in the plural.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Intellectual of or relating to the intellect: perceived or performed by the intellect: having the power of understanding
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  • John Ruskin
    “No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.”
  • Jacob Bronowski
    “To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.”
  • Dick Cavett
    Dick Cavett
    “To label me an intellectual is a misunderstanding of what that is.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. intellectualis,: cf. F. intellectuel,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—intelligĕre, to understand—inter, between, legĕre, to choose.


In literature:

The whole intellectual world, and all hereafter, is narrowed down to the animal feeling of the present time.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
The Intellectual Education of Town-life.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
Collective Representation and Intellectual Life.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
It seems to matter little about his intellectual gifts or moral character.
"A California Girl" by Edward Eldridge
His favorite branches were Intellectual Philosophy, Ethics, and Politics.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
Another test of a man's value is an intellectual one.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
He not only had not yet developed, but he never at any time possessed, the intellectual qualities most valued at Cambridge.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
This is the intellectual factor.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
We must also mention the intellectual variety of flirtation which is not expressed by sight or touch, but only by language.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
How far beauty may become intellectual.
"Modern Painters Volume I (of V)" by John Ruskin

In poetry:

Refinement with emotions nice,
A varied charm would lend;
And intellectual pleasures rare,
With her, would sweetly blend.
"How To Make Home Happy" by Lizzie E Palmer
"Yet boldly make my face their own,
When (oh, presumption!) they require
To animate a paving-stone
With SHAKESPEARE'S intellectual fire.
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Our loss put six feet under ground
Is measured by the magnolia's root;
Our gain's the intellectual sound
Of death's feet round a weedy tomb.
"Elegy" by Allen Tate
Still more wondrous was the might
That, from night's obscurest shrine,
Brought forth intellectual light,
Souls with thoughts and hopes divine.
"Resurrection" by John Bowring
Full oft the riddle of the painful earth
Flash'd thro' her as she sat alone,
Yet not the less held she her solemn mirth,
And intellectual throne.
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Said I she was not beautiful? Her eyes upon your sight
Broke with the lambent purity of planetary light,
And an intellectual beauty, like a light within a vase,
Touched every line with glory of her animated face.
"A Portrait - I" by Nathaniel Parker Willis

In news:

He was a most engaged, prolific and public intellectual who wrote numerous books, was a frequent television commentator and a contributor to Vanity Fair, Slate and other publications.
So why was he one of the most politically influential intellectuals of his generation.
For me, Robinson's pictures are rich with an intellectual social documentary style and humorous leanings.
I'd like to see some intellectual humility—from both left and right—on the question of whether the individual mandate is constitutional.
The use of DNA microarray analysis in the assessment of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities has led to the discovery of many previously unrecognised genomic disorders.
Redmond says it intends to strengthen and broaden the intellectual property protections it offers manufacturers and distributors.
As part of the $125 million deal, Syngenta will obtain the pest control brands Advion and Acelepryn and other intellectual property.
For many Republican primary voters, the only thing worse than a regular elite is an intellectual elite or a media elite or especially a liberal intellectual media elite.
"He treated everybody as his intellectual equal, even though the vast majority of us were not.".
Slate 's podcast about Hurricane Sandy and social media, the music of Nashville, and intellectualism in the Mormon Church.
While many people with intellectual disabilities spend decades looking for a home or care, Gary has two people who want to look after him.
Western Carolina University is seeking applicants for the next class of its University Participant Program, which offers a two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-age persons with intellectual disabilities.
I must respond to the intellectually dishonest letter "Most invisible to Romney" (Reading Eagle, Sept 25).
He suffers from medical problems and has an intellectual disability.
Police said in addition to having an intellectual disability, Orange suffers from medical problems.

In science:

Stefan Bechtold, Professor for Intellectual Property at ETHZ will also ensure that the IP & Exploitation Team remains fully up to date with global IP developments.
Emerging directly from FuturICT’s generation and exploitation of new intellectual property may be new ways to organise fair payment for apps that are distributed over many devices and which have complex webs of authorship, due to distributed, cross-platform applications and systems operating over networks.
This is where our accelerators will take us, if we can marshall our resources and our intellectual strength.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
This situation is going to change soon, but at the moment theorists’ predictions remain in the realm of sophisticated (and intellectually exciting) speculations.
Physical Processes at Cosmic Dawn
However, it remains a strong intellectual and technical challenge.
Summary of Neutrino 2000