- until the middle of the twentieth century intellectuals, intellectualism and intelligentsia had unfavorable connotations in English implying theorists lacking common sense. This usage has changed somewhat to a more neutral usage describing what people do. Sometimes, however, intellectuals are identified with generalists who tend to identify with causes as opposed to specialists who know an issue in depth.
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Intellectual — In tel*lec tu*al (?; 135), a. [L. intellectualis: cf. F. intellectuel.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc. [1913 Webster] Logic is to teach us the right use of our… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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intellectual — index literate, mastermind, profound (esoteric), sapient Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
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