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(ăn′tē-ĭn′tl-ĕk′cho͞o-əl, ăn′tī-)
Opposed or hostile to intellectuals or intellectual views.

an′ti-in′tel·lec′tu·al n.
an′ti-in′tel·lec′tu·al·ism n.


(ˌæn tiˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl, ˌæn taɪ-)

1. opposed to, hostile to, or distrustful of intellectuals or intellectual pursuits, concerns, or points of view.
2. an anti-intellectual person.
Sometimes, an`ti-in`tel•lec′tu•al•ist.
an`ti-in`tel•lec′tu•al•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anti-intellectual - a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuitsanti-intellectual - a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits
pleb, plebeian - one of the common people
Adj.1.anti-intellectual - smug and ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and cultural values
nonintellectual - not intellectual
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