One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he is a man of formidable intellectual capacity’
mental, cerebral, cognitive
rational, psychological, abstract, conceptual, theoretical, analytical, logical
rare mindly, phrenic, ratiocinative
2‘a remarkably intellectual man’
intelligent, clever, academic, well educated, well read, widely read, erudite, cerebral, learned, knowledgeable, literary, bookish, donnish, highbrow, scholarly, studious, cultured, cultivated, civilized, enlightened, sophisticated
informal brainy, genius
archaic lettered, clerkly
1‘intellectuals are appalled by the mentality of the popular soap operas’
intelligent person, learned person, highbrow, academic, bookworm, bookish person, man of letters, woman of letters, bluestocking, thinker, brain, scholar, sage
genius, Einstein, polymath, expert, prodigy, gifted child
informal egghead, brains, bright spark, whizz, wizard, walking encyclopedia
British informal brainbox, clever clogs, boffin
North American informal brainiac, rocket scientist, maven, Brahmin, pointy-head
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