intellectualization
noun see intellectualize

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • intellectualization — 1821, noun of action from INTELLECTUALIZE (Cf. intellectualize) …   Etymology dictionary

  • intellectualization — (Amer.) n. rationalization, act of analyzing with the mind; making intellectual (also intellectualisation) …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • intellectualization — An unconscious defense mechanism in which reasoning, logic, or focusing on and verbalizing intellectual minutiae is used in an attempt to avoid confrontation with an objectionable impulse, affect, or interpersonal situation. [L. intellectus,… …   Medical dictionary

  • intellectualization — in·tel·lec·tu·al·i·za·tion …   English syllables

  • intellectualization — noun (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that uses reasoning to block out emotional stress and conflict • Syn: ↑intellectualisation • Topics: ↑psychiatry, ↑psychopathology, ↑psychological medicine • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • intellectualize — intellectualization, n. intellectualizer, n. /in tl ek chooh euh luyz /, v., intellectualized, intellectualizing. v.t. 1. to seek or consider the rational content or form of. 2. to make intellectual. 3. to analyze (something) intellectually or… …   Universalium

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