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intellectualize

Syllabification: in·tel·lec·tu·al·ize
Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)əˈlek(t)SH(əw)əˌlīz
 
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Definition of intellectualize in English:

verb

[with object]
1Give an intellectual character to: belief was a gut feeling—it couldn’t be intellectualized
More example sentences
  • But I am intellectualizing this book, which can only give you the experience of dislocation viscerally, through the flow of its language.
  • Performance artists are always so goddamn self-important and intellectualizing everything they do.
  • They intellectualize it until you realize why they spend so much time alone ‘writing dissertations.’
2 [no object] Talk, write, or think intellectually: people who intellectualize about fashion
More example sentences
  • Anna said that she can intellectualize about her relationship with Martin now; the passion has cooled to the point where she could walk away if she wanted to.
  • In this film, Allen doesn't seem to be trying to intellectualize about God or morality, nor does he attempt to do anything overly comedic or complex.
  • It's one thing to theorize and intellectualize about such things, but very difficult to realize that it actually can happen.

Derivatives

intellectualization

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌekCHo͞oələˈzāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • What comes across strongly about the 1960s in this book is the fusion of idealism, intellectualization, and newfound professionalism.
  • What pursues Jenkins into her fourth decade of dance-making is a reputation for excessive intellectualization in her movement.
  • One is free to permit a certain amount of intellectualization in yin practice since it does not involve actual fighting.

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