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in·tel·lect

 (ĭn′tl-ĕkt′)
n.
1.
a. The ability to learn and reason; the capacity for knowledge and understanding: "Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect" (Herbert Spencer).
b. A person's individual ability to think and reason: "[His] humanitarianism could never overcome the rigidities of his intellect or the shortcomings of his temperament" (Michael B. Stoff).
2. A person of great intellectual ability: "Gifted as both an athlete and an intellect, [he] received help from teachers who recognized his talents" (Anita Silvey).

[Middle English, from Old French intellecte, from Latin intellēctus, perception, from past participle of intellegere, to perceive; see intelligent.]

intellect

(ˈɪntɪˌlɛkt)
n
1. (Psychology) the capacity for understanding, thinking, and reasoning, as distinct from feeling or wishing
2. a mind or intelligence, esp a brilliant one: his intellect is wasted on that job.
3. informal a person possessing a brilliant mind; brain
4. those possessing the greatest mental power: the intellect of a nation.
[C14: from Latin intellectus comprehension, intellect, from intellegere to understand; see intelligence]
ˌintelˈlective adj
ˌintelˈlectively adv

in•tel•lect

(ˈɪn tlˌɛkt)

n.
1. the faculty of the mind by which one knows or understands, as distinguished from that by which one feels or wills; capacity for thinking and acquiring knowledge.
2. capacity for thinking and acquiring knowledge of a high or complex order.
3. a particular mind or intelligence, esp. of a high order.
4. a person possessing a great capacity for thought and knowledge.
5. minds collectively.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin intellēctus percerption, n. use of past participle of intelleg(ere) to understand; see intelligent]
in`tel•lec′tive, adj.
in`tel•lec′tive•ly, adv.
syn: See mind.

intellect

  • heart - As the seat of feeling and intellect, heart has been used since around 825.
  • intellect, intelligent - Intellect and intelligent come from Latin intelligere, "perceive" or "understand."
  • intelligible - Means "understandable through the intellect."
  • inwit - Usually means "an inner sense of right or wrong," but its more general meaning is "reason, intellect, understanding, or wisdom."
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.intellect - knowledge and intellectual abilityintellect - knowledge and intellectual ability; "he reads to improve his mind"; "he has a keen intellect"
intelligence - the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
2.intellect - the capacity for rational thought or inference or discriminationintellect - the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination; "we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"
faculty, mental faculty, module - one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind
3.intellect - a person who uses the mind creativelyintellect - a person who uses the mind creatively
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
anomalist - someone who has a special interest in exceptional cases
exponent - someone who expounds and interprets or explains
alchemist - one who was versed in the practice of alchemy and who sought an elixir of life and a panacea and an alkahest and the philosopher's stone
aphorist - someone who formulates aphorisms or who repeats aphorisms
bel esprit - a witty or clever person with a fine mind
clever clogs, clever Dick - an intellectual who is ostentatiously and irritatingly knowledgeable
decipherer, decoder - the kind of intellectual who converts messages from a code to plain text
egghead - an intellectual; a very studious and academic person; "in spite of her love of reading she denied being an egghead"
expositor, expounder - a person who explains
brainiac, genius, mastermind, Einstein, brain - someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality; "Mozart was a child genius"; "he's smart but he's no Einstein"
highbrow - a person of intellectual or erudite tastes
mentor, wise man - a wise and trusted guide and advisor
bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student - a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
doubter, sceptic, skeptic - someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs
specifier - someone who draws up specifications giving details (as for obtaining a patent)
subjectivist - a person who subscribes to subjectivism
synthesiser, synthesist, synthesizer - an intellectual who synthesizes or uses synthetic methods
idealogue, theoretician, theoriser, theorist, theorizer - someone who theorizes (especially in science or art)
creative thinker, thinker, mind - an important intellectual; "the great minds of the 17th century"
thinker - someone who exercises the mind (usually in an effort to reach a decision)
illusionist, seer, visionary - a person with unusual powers of foresight
wonderer - someone who is curious about something

intellect

noun
1. intelligence, mind, reason, understanding, sense, brains (informal), judgment Do the emotions develop in parallel with the intellect?
2. (Informal) thinker, intellectual, genius, mind, brain (informal), intelligence, rocket scientist (informal, chiefly U.S.), egghead (informal) My boss isn't a great intellect.
Quotations
"We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality" [Albert Einstein Out of My Later Years]

intellect

noun
1. The faculty of thinking, reasoning, and acquiring and applying knowledge:
Slang: smart (used in plural).
2. A person of great mental ability:
Translations
عَقْل، فِكْر، القُوَّه العَقْلِيَّه
intelekt
intellekt
ajattelijaälyälykköjärki
vitsmunir; gáfur
intelektasintelektualinisprotinis
intelektsprāts
intelekt
razum

intellect

[ˈɪntɪlekt] N
1. (= reasoning power) → intelecto m, inteligencia f
2. (= person) → cerebro m

intellect

[ˈɪntɪlɛkt] n
(= thinking powers) → intellect m
(= cleverness) → intellect m, intelligence f
a woman of keen intellect → une femme d'une vive intelligence

intellect

n
Intellekt m; a man of keen intellectein Mensch mmit einem scharfen Intellekt; his powers of intellectseine intellektuellen Fähigkeiten
(= person)großer Geist

intellect

[ˈɪntɪlɛkt] nintelletto

intellect

(ˈintilekt) noun
the thinking power of the mind. He was a person of great intellect.
ˌintelˈlectual (-ˈlektʃuəl) adjective
of, or appealing to, the intellect. He does not play football – his interests are mainly intellectual.
References in classic literature ?
Now therefore the artful Irregular whom I described above as the real author of this diabolical Bill, determined at one blow to lower the status of the Hierarchy by forcing them to submit to the pollution of Colour, and at the same time to destroy their domestic opportunities of training in the Art of Sight Recognition, so as to enfeeble their intellects by depriving them of their pure and colourless homes.
Nothing has been left undone to cripple their intellects, darken their minds, debase their moral nature, obliterate all traces of their relation- ship to mankind; and yet how wonderfully they have sustained the mighty load of a most frightful bond- age, under which they have been groaning for cen- turies
Water dissolves wood and iron and salt; air dissolves water; electric fire dissolves air, but the intellect dissolves fire, gravity, laws, method, and the subtlest unnamed relations of nature in its resistless menstruum.
Moreover, while a writer who deals with [48] easy themes has no excuse if he is not pellucid to a glance, one who employs his intellect and imagination on high and hard questions has a right to demand a corresponding closeness of attention, and a right to say with Bishop Butler, in answer to a similar complaint: 'It must be acknowledged that some of the following discourses are very abstruse and difficult, or, if you please, obscure; but I must take leave to add that those alone are judges whether or no, and how far this is a fault, who are judges whether or no, and how far it might have been avoided--those only who will be at the trouble to understand what is here said, and to see how far the things here insisted upon, and not other things, might have been put in a plainer manner.
Here Zarathustra gives names to the intellect and the instincts; he calls the one "the little sagacity" and the latter "the big sagacity.
By virtue of this science the poet is the Namer or Language-maker, naming things sometimes after their appearance, sometimes after their essence, and giving to every one its own name and not another's, thereby rejoicing the intellect, which delights in detachment or boundary.
This is that strain which is of the intellect only, but which the faculty of sight will nevertheless be found to imitate; for sight, as you may remember, was imagined by us after a while to behold the real animals and stars, and last of all the sun himself.
Very well," said the Witch, "I will give you work in which you will be associated with intellect - you will come in contact with brains.
He did not so consider himself, but he could not help knowing that he had more intellect than his wife and Agafea Mihalovna, and he could not help knowing that when he thought of death, he thought with all the force of his intellect.
Yet Wordsworth and Coleridge are men in years; the one imbued in contemplation from his childhood; the other a giant in intellect and learning.
Let it be those whom the gifts of intellect have united in a noble brotherhood.
It was a poor, awkward, and clumsy organization, which stood with lowered head and supplicating eyes before a lofty and profound, a powerful and superior intellect.