pseudointellectual


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pseu•do•in•tel•lec•tu•al

(ˌsu doʊˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl)

n.
a person who pretends an interest in intellectual matters.
[1935–40]
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She's a woman on a mission, looking to deliver electoral Armageddon to the Left, while standing up to the sinister pseudointellectual European baddies and the internal "separatists", as she, in a leaflet through my door, described Plaid Cymru and The Scottish National Party: language that makes them sound like they spend their time clad in balaclavas, firing Kalashnikovs, riding round in old Citroens and bombing pavement cafes, rather than trying to promote a civilised devolutionary agenda.
At the same time we can't seem to decide if beauty pageants are worth our time: No pageant season goes by without a pseudointellectual pointing out publicly that the resources and attention squandered on beauty contests are better off allotted to women's education or women's health.
This obsession leads Philaminte to become convinced that she should marry her eldest daughter to an entirely inappropriate pseudointellectual poet - a self-professed genius who turns out to be little more than a posturing fool.
From his obvious ample experience, John warns Jack that Monica is a pseudointellectual, extravagantly narcissistic man-eater, but--"go ahead, throw yourself into the propeller
However, all agreed that Skios is stuffed with witty commentary--in particular, a delicious send-up of the conference's pretentious, pseudointellectual attendees--and laugh-out-loud moments.
Instead, both arrogantly wave away any criticism of their ability with the dismissive air of pseudointellectual academics.
I call this pseudointellectual mishmash "vulgar Keynesianism.
To answer this question, we briefly highlight the concepts of xenophobia, unexamined privilege, and pseudointellectual resistance (dependency on scientific explanations).
Melville's story of John Claggart's hatred of Billy Budd is similar; or consider Henry James's terrible study in envy, Madame Merle, who fueled by her bored, dissipated, and disappointing life, arranges the disastrous match of the energetic, attractive Isabel Archer to the impotent, pseudointellectual Gilbert Osmond, only to observe Osmond suck the life out of her.
Sometimes it seemed to offer a pseudointellectual explanation.
These cheap shot artists along with the amateurs who think calling the president ``Dubya'' qualifies them for some elitist ranking, actually qualify for the pseudointellectual dolt-of-the-month club.
With its pseudointellectual patina, D'Souza's work, even more than Charles Murray's, seems designed to offer solace to those who miss the good old days of Jim Crow laws and late-night cross burnings.