Intellectualism
Intellectualism In`tel*lec"tu*al*ism, n. 1. Intellectual power; intellectuality. [1913 Webster]

2. The doctrine that knowledge is derived from pure reason. [1913 Webster]

3. Preference for activities involving exercise of the intellect; sometimes, an excessive emphasis on abstract or intellectual matters with deprecation of the value of feelings. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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