• US /ˌɪntlˈɛktʃuəl/
  • UK /ˌɪntəˈlektʃuəl/
  • adj. 知性の;
  • n. 知識人 : 識人;
  • Fred is an intellectual whose main focus is animal science
  • Complex math problems are beyond his intellectual ability


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  1. require people to possess insight about deficiencies in their intellectual and social skills.

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  1. Someone who has found something more interesting than sex and alcohol.
    Parties bore Dan because he is an intellectual.
  2. A person with a creative mind who studies and reflects and thinks himself out of a basic knowedge of who he really is.
    Dude, an intellectual explained to me that the planet earth is the result of a "big bang" in the universe and that man evolved from the swamps.
  3. 1. A person who is devoted to literary or scholarly pursuits. 2. A thinker- someone who reflects and asks or answers questions involving a wide variety of ideas. Loves ideas, books and the mind.
    The intellectual enjoyed reading Philosophy.
  4. a. Having or showing intellect, especially to a high degree. b. Given to activities or pursuits that require exercise of the intellect.
    I am an intellectual.
  5. A grown-up nerd. (It must be noted that--typically--the burgeoning intellectual may/will suffer his/her nadir of social popularity between the age(s) of 12-21. However, after pubescence, everybody realizes how very interesting they (i.e. the intellectuals) are b/c they (i.e. the intellectuals) chose to stay inside, cultivating a personality, while the rest of the general population was drunkenly scrambling to remove their clothes.)
    Being an [intellectual], Tim M. Fenton used "The Dark Knight Returns" as the basis for his thesis on the influence of genre fiction in 1980's American literature.
  6. Someone that uses their mind and exercises their imagination often, and can be specialized. Intellectuals need not be advanced in the english language or literature and they may come from any walk of life; scientists, for example, tend to have an extensive vocabulary in terms relevant to their own field, while novelists tend to have a wider vocabulary in non-scientific terms. Vocabulary isn't the determining factor of what makes an intellectual though; it is mostly a matter of their ability to think, create change, and form new ideas.
    Albert Einstein, Plato, Aristotle, Bruce Lee, Shigeru Miyamoto, Bill Gates, Alfred Russel Wallace, Alfred Wegener, Doris Lessing, Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, Gao Xingjian, Vincent van Gogh, Richard F. Heck, Isaac Newton, are all examples of the diversity of intellectuals.