in·tel·lec·tu·al /ˌɪntḷˈɛkʧəwəl, ʧəl, ʃwəl/
in·tel·lec·tu·al /ˌɪntḷˈɛkʧ(əw)əl, ˈɛkʃwəl/ 形容詞
1. 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. --I. Watts.
2. 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? --Milton.
3. Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments.
4. Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called “mental” philosophy.
1. The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.
Her husband, for I view far round, not nigh,
Whose higher intellectual more I shun. --Milton.
I kept her intellectuals in a state of exercise. --De Quincey.
adj 1: of or relating to the intellect; "his intellectual career"
2: of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind;
"intellectual problems"; "the triumph of the rational over
the animal side of man" [syn: rational, noetic]
3: 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" [ant: nonintellectual]
4: involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct; "a
cerebral approach to the problem"; "cerebral drama" [syn:
cerebral] [ant: emotional]
n : a person who uses the mind creatively [syn: intellect]