1. a person opposed to or hostile toward intellectuals and the modern academic, artistic, social, religious, and other theories associated with them.
  2. a person who believes that intellect and reason are less important than actions and emotions in solving practical problems and understanding reality.


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of anti-intellectuals or their beliefs.

1904, from anti- + intellectualism; or in some cases from anti-intellectual + -ism.

1821 (adj.), from anti- + intellectual. As a noun meaning “an anti-intellectual person” from 1913.

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