a person who uses the mind creatively
intellectual, rational, noetic(adj)
of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
"intellectual problems"; "the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man"
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"
involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
"a cerebral approach to the problem"; "cerebral drama"
intellectual(noun)Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.
intellectual(adjective)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.
intellectual(adjective)Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments.
intellectual(adjective)Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called mental philosophy.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Clever, as used in England, especially implies an aptitude for study or learning, and for excellent tho not preeminent mental achievement. The early New England usage as implying simple and weak good nature has largely affected the use of the word throughout the United States, where it has never been much in favor. Smart, indicating dashing ability, is now coming to have a suggestion of unscrupulousness, similar to that of the word sharp, which makes its use a doubtful compliment. The discriminating use of such words as able, gifted, talented, etc., is greatly preferable to an excessive use of the word clever. Compare ACUMEN; ASTUTE; POWER.
Dictionary of English Synonymes
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- intel·lectualCatalan, Valencian
- Intellektuelle, Intellektueller, intellektuellGerman
- روشنفکری, فکریPersian
- intellectuel, intellectuelleFrench
- intelectual, intelectualăRomanian
- интеллектуальный, интеллектуал, интеллигент, умственныйRussian
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