intellectual

The adjective intellectual describes something related to or using the mind or intellect. Your creative pursuit of singing in a rock band is different from your intellectual interest in 16th-century drama.

Intellectual is often used to describe intensive reasoning and deep thinking, particularly in relation to subjects that tend to spark deep discussion, such as literature or philosophy. An intellectual is also a noun for a cerebral or brainy person who engages in deep thinking, like Plato, Albert Einstein, or your classmate who can speak at length about the relationship between French existentialism and ice hockey.

Definitions of intellectual
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adj of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind

intellectual problems”
Synonyms:
noetic, rational
mental
involving the mind or an intellectual process

adj involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct

Synonyms:
cerebral
Antonyms:
emotional
determined or actuated by emotion rather than reason

adj appealing to or using the intellect

“satire is an intellectual weapon”
intellectual workers engaged in creative literary or artistic or scientific labor”
“has tremendous intellectual sympathy for oppressed people”
“coldly intellectual
“sort of the intellectual type”
intellectual literature”
Synonyms:
educated
possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge)
highbrow, highbrowed
highly cultured or educated
rational
having its source in or being guided by the intellect (as distinguished from experience or emotion)
reflective
devoted to matters of the mind
good, serious
appealing to the mind
sophisticated
intellectually appealing
mental
involving the mind or an intellectual process
scholarly
characteristic of scholars or scholarship
Antonyms:
nonintellectual
not intellectual
anti-intellectual, philistine
smug and ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and cultural values
lowbrow, lowbrowed, uncultivated
characteristic of a person who is not cultivated or does not have intellectual tastes
mindless
requiring little mental effort
unscholarly
not scholarly
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n a person who uses the mind creatively

Synonyms:
intellect
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Pierre Abelard
French philosopher and theologian; lover of Heloise (1079-1142)
Saint Ambrose
(Roman Catholic Church) Roman priest who became bishop of Milan; the first Church Father born and raised in the Christian faith; composer of hymns; imposed orthodoxy on the early Christian church and built up its secular power; a saint and Doctor of the Church (340?-397)
Anaxagoras
a presocratic Athenian philosopher who maintained that everything is composed of very small particles that were arranged by some eternal intelligence (500-428 BC)
Anaximander
a presocratic Greek philosopher and student of Thales who believed the universal substance to be infinity rather than something resembling ordinary objects (611-547 BC)
Anaximenes
a presocratic Greek philosopher and associate of Anaximander who believed that all things are made of air in different degrees of density (6th century BC)
Saint Thomas Aquinas
(Roman Catholic Church) Italian theologian and Doctor of the Church who is remembered for his attempt to reconcile faith and reason in a comprehensive theology; presented philosophical proofs of the existence of God (1225-1274)
Hannah Arendt
United States historian and political philosopher (born in Germany) (1906-1975)
Aristotle
one of the greatest of the ancient Athenian philosophers; pupil of Plato; teacher of Alexander the Great (384-322 BC)
Arius
a Greek who was a Christian theologian active in Alexandria and who was declared a heretic for his doctrines about God (which came to be known as Arianism) (256?-336)
Jakob Hermandszoon
Dutch Protestant theologian who founded Arminianism which opposed the absolute predestinarianism of John Calvin (1559-1609)
Arnold of Brescia
Italian theologian who censured the worldly possessions of monks and the temporal power of bishops and was condemned for dogmatic errors by the Second Lateran Council (early 12th century)
Athanasius the Great
(Roman Catholic Church) Greek patriarch of Alexandria who championed Christian orthodoxy against Arianism; a church father, saint, and Doctor of the Church (293-373)
Augustine of Hippo
(Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian church; after a dramatic conversion to Christianity he became bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa; St. Augustine emphasized man's need for grace (354-430)
Abul-Walid Mohammed ibn-Ahmad Ibn-Mohammed ibn-Roshd
Arabian philosopher born in Spain; wrote detailed commentaries on Aristotle that were admired by the Schoolmen (1126-1198)
Abu Ali al-Husain ibn Abdallah ibn Sina
Arabian physician and influential Islamic philosopher; his interpretation of Aristotle influenced St. Thomas Aquinas; writings on medicine were important for almost 500 years (980-1037)
Viscount St. Albans
English statesman and philosopher; precursor of British empiricism; advocated inductive reasoning (1561-1626)
Balthasar
(New Testament) one of the three sages from the east who came bearing gifts for the infant Jesus
Karl Barth
Swiss Protestant theologian (1886-1968)
St. Basil the Great
(Roman Catholic Church) the bishop of Caesarea who defended the Roman Catholic Church against the heresies of the 4th century; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-379)
Simone de Beauvoir
French feminist and existentialist and novelist (1908-1986)
the Venerable Bede
(Roman Catholic Church) English monk and scholar (672-735)
Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmine
Italian cardinal and theologian (1542-1621)
Jeremy Bentham
English philosopher and jurist; founder of utilitarianism (1748-1831)
Henri Louis Bergson
French philosopher who proposed elan vital as the cause of evolution and development (1859-1941)
Bishop Berkeley
Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop who opposed the materialism of Thomas Hobbes (1685-1753)
Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
a Roman who was an early Christian philosopher and statesman who was executed for treason; Boethius had a decisive influence on medieval logic (circa 480-524)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
German Lutheran theologian and pastor whose works concern Christianity in the modern world; an active opponent of Nazism, he was arrested and sent to Buchenwald and later executed (1906-1945)
Giordano Bruno
Italian philosopher who used Copernican principles to develop a pantheistic monistic philosophy; condemned for heresy by the Inquisition and burned at the stake (1548-1600)
Martin Buber
Israeli religious philosopher (born in Austria); as a Zionist he promoted understanding between Jews and Arabs; his writings affected Christian thinkers as well as Jews (1878-1965)
Rudolf Karl Bultmann
a Lutheran theologian in Germany (1884-1976)
Jean Caulvin
Swiss theologian (born in France) whose tenets (predestination and the irresistibility of grace and justification by faith) defined Presbyterianism (1509-1564)
Albert Camus
French writer who portrayed the human condition as isolated in an absurd world (1913-1960)
Thomas Carlyle
Scottish historian who wrote about the French Revolution (1795-1881)
Caspar
(New Testament) one of the three sages from the east who came bearing gifts for the infant Jesus
Ernst Cassirer
German philosopher concerned with concept formation in the human mind and with symbolic forms in human culture generally (1874-1945)
Cleanthes
ancient Greek philosopher who succeeded Zeno of Citium as the leader of the Stoic school (300-232 BC)
Isidore Auguste Marie Francois Comte
French philosopher remembered as the founder of positivism; he also established sociology as a systematic field of study
Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas Caritat
French mathematician and philosopher (1743-1794)
Kong the Master
Chinese philosopher whose ideas and sayings were collected after his death and became the basis of a philosophical doctrine known a Confucianism (circa 551-478 BC)
The Admirable Crichton
Scottish man of letters and adventurer (1560-1582)
Democritus
Greek philosopher who developed an atomistic theory of matter (460-370 BC)
Jacques Derrida
French philosopher and critic (born in Algeria); exponent of deconstructionism (1930-2004)
Rene Descartes
French philosopher and mathematician; developed dualistic theory of mind and matter; introduced the use of coordinates to locate a point in two or three dimensions (1596-1650)
John Dewey
United States pragmatic philosopher who advocated progressive education (1859-1952)
Denis Diderot
French philosopher who was a leading figure of the Enlightenment in France; principal editor of an encyclopedia that disseminated the scientific and philosophical knowledge of the time (1713-1784)
Diogenes
an ancient Greek philosopher and Cynic who rejected social conventions (circa 400-325 BC)
John Duns Scotus
Scottish theologian who was very influential in the Middle Ages (1265-1308)
William James Durant
United States historian (1885-1981)
Johann Maier Eck
a German Roman Catholic theologian who was an indefatigable opponent of Martin Luther (1486-1543)
Johannes Eckhart
German Roman Catholic theologian and mystic (1260-1327)
Jonathan Edwards
American theologian whose sermons and writings stimulated a period of renewed interest in religion in America (1703-1758)
Empedocles
Greek philosopher who taught that all matter is composed of particles of fire and water and air and earth (fifth century BC)
Epictetus
Greek philosopher who was a Stoic (circa 50-130)
Epicurus
Greek philosopher who believed that the world is a random combination of atoms and that pleasure is the highest good (341-270 BC)
Desiderius Erasmus
Dutch humanist and theologian who was the leading Renaissance scholar of northern Europe; although his criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church led to the Reformation, he opposed violence and condemned Martin Luther (1466-1536)
Eusebius of Caesarea
Christian bishop of Caesarea in Palestine; a church historian and a leading early Christian exegete (circa 270-340)
John Hope Franklin
United States historian noted for studies of Black American history (born in 1915)
Frederick James Furnivall
English philologist who first proposed the Oxford English Dictionary (1825-1910)
Samuel Rawson Gardiner
British historian remembered for his ten-volume history of England (1829-1902)
Geoffrey of Monmouth
Welsh chronicler who wrote an account of the kings of Britain which is now believed to contain little historical fact but it is a source of the Arthurian legend (circa 1100-1154)
Edward Gibbon
English historian best known for his history of the Roman Empire (1737-1794)
Gregory the Great
(Roman Catholic Church) an Italian pope distinguished for his spiritual and temporal leadership; a saint and Doctor of the Church (540?-604)
St. Gregory of Nazianzen
(Roman Catholic Church) a church father known for his constant fight against perceived heresies; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-391)
Ernst Heinrich Haeckel
German biologist and philosopher; advocated Darwinism and formulated the theory of recapitulation; was an exponent of materialistic monism (1834-1919)
David Hartley
English philosopher who introduced the theory of the association of ideas (1705-1757)
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
German philosopher whose three stage process of dialectical reasoning was adopted by Karl Marx (1770-1831)
Martin Heidegger
German philosopher whose views on human existence in a world of objects and on Angst influenced the existential philosophers (1889-1976)
Heraclitus
a presocratic Greek philosopher who said that fire is the origin of all things and that permanence is an illusion as all things are in perpetual flux (circa 500 BC)
Johann Friedrich Herbart
German philosopher (1776-1841)
Johann Gottfried von Herder
German philosopher who advocated intuition over reason (1744-1803)
Herodotus
the ancient Greek known as the father of history; his accounts of the wars between the Greeks and Persians are the first known examples of historical writing (485-425 BC)
Thomas Hobbes
English materialist and political philosopher who advocated absolute sovereignty as the only kind of government that could resolve problems caused by the selfishness of human beings (1588-1679)
Richard Hooker
English theologian (1554-1600)
Mark Hopkins
United States educator and theologian (1802-1887)
Baron Karl Wilhelm von Humboldt
German philologist noted for his studies of the relation between language and culture (1767-1835)
David Hume
Scottish philosopher whose sceptical philosophy restricted human knowledge to that which can be perceived by the senses (1711-1776)
Edmund Husserl
German philosopher who developed phenomenology (1859-1938)
Hypatia
Greek philosopher and astronomer; she invented the astrolabe (370-415)
Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Spaniard and Roman Catholic theologian and founder of the Society of Jesus; a leading opponent of the Reformation (1491-1556)
Saint Irenaeus
Greek theologian who was bishop of Lyons and an antiheretical writer; a saint and Doctor of the Church (circa 130-200)
William James
United States pragmatic philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)
Cornelius Jansenius
a Dutch Roman Catholic theologian (1585-1638)
Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus
(Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian Church whose major work was his translation of the Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek into Latin (which became the Vulgate); a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-420)
St. John Chrysostom
(Roman Catholic Church) a Church Father who was a great preacher and bishop of Constantinople; a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-407)
Joseph ben Matthias
Jewish general who led the revolt of the Jews against the Romans and then wrote a history of those events (37-100)
Benjamin Jowett
English classical scholar noted for his translations of Plato and Aristotle (1817-1893)
Immanuel Kant
influential German idealist philosopher (1724-1804)
Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
Danish philosopher who is generally considered. along with Nietzsche, to be a founder of existentialism (1813-1855)
John Knox
Scottish theologian who founded Presbyterianism in Scotland and wrote a history of the Reformation in Scotland (1514-1572)
Lao-tse
Chinese philosopher regarded as the founder of Taoism (6th century BC)
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz
German philosopher and mathematician who thought of the universe as consisting of independent monads and who devised a system of the calculus independent of Newton (1646-1716)
Titus Livius
Roman historian whose history of Rome filled 142 volumes (of which only 35 survive) including the earliest history of the war with Hannibal (59 BC to AD 17)
John Locke
English empiricist philosopher who believed that all knowledge is derived from sensory experience (1632-1704)
Lorenzo the Magnificent
Italian statesman and scholar who supported many artists and humanists including Michelangelo and Leonardo and Botticelli (1449-1492)
Titus Lucretius Carus
Roman philosopher and poet; in a long didactic poem he tried to provide a scientific explanation of the universe (96-55 BC)
Raymond Lully
Spanish philosopher (1235-1315)
Martin Luther
German theologian who led the Reformation; believed that salvation is granted on the basis of faith rather than deeds (1483-1546)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
English historian noted for his history of England (1800-1859)
Ernst Mach
Austrian physicist and philosopher who introduced the Mach number and who founded logical positivism (1838-1916)
Niccolo Machiavelli
a statesman of Florence who advocated a strong central government (1469-1527)
Alfred Thayer Mahan
United States naval officer and historian (1840-1914)
Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon
Spanish philosopher considered the greatest Jewish scholar of the Middle Ages who codified Jewish law in the Talmud (1135-1204)
Frederic William Maitland
English historian noted for his works on the history of English law (1850-1906)
Nicolas de Malebranche
French philosopher (1638-1715)
Edmond Malone
English scholar remembered for his chronology of Shakespeare's plays and his editions of Shakespeare and Dryden (1741-1812)
Herbert Marcuse
United States political philosopher (born in Germany) concerned about the dehumanizing effects of capitalism and modern technology (1898-1979)
Karl Marx
founder of modern communism; wrote the Communist Manifesto with Engels in 1848; wrote Das Kapital in 1867 (1818-1883)
John Bach McMaster
United States historian who wrote a nine volume history of the people of the United States (1852-1932)
George Herbert Mead
United States philosopher of pragmatism (1863-1931)
Philipp Melanchthon
German theologian and Luther's successor as leader of the Reformation in Germany (1497-1560)
Melchior
(New Testament) one of the three sages from the east who came bearing gifts for the infant Jesus; usually represented as a king of Nubia
John Stuart Mill
English philosopher and economist remembered for his interpretations of empiricism and utilitarianism (1806-1873)
James Mill
Scottish philosopher who expounded Bentham's utilitarianism; father of John Stuart Mill (1773-1836)
Theodor Mommsen
German historian noted for his history of Rome (1817-1903)
Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu
French political philosopher who advocated the separation of executive and legislative and judicial powers (1689-1755)
George Edward Moore
English philosopher (1873-1958)
Friedrich Max Muller
British philologist (born in Germany) who specialized in Sanskrit (1823-1900)
Sir James Augustus Henry Murray
Scottish philologist and the lexicographer who shaped the Oxford English Dictionary (1837-1915)
George Gilbert Aime Murphy
British classical scholar (born in Australia) who advocated the League of Nations and the United Nations (1866-1957)
John Henry Newman
English prelate and theologian who (with John Keble and Edward Pusey) founded the Oxford movement; Newman later turned to Roman Catholicism and became a cardinal (1801-1890)
Barthold George Niebuhr
German historian noted for his critical approach to sources and for his history of Rome (1776-1831)
Reinhold Niebuhr
United States Protestant theologian (1892-1971)
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
influential German philosopher remembered for his concept of the superman and for his rejection of Christian values; considered, along with Kierkegaard, to be a founder of existentialism (1844-1900)
Michel de Notredame
French astrologer who wrote cryptic predictions whose interpretations are still being debated (1503-1566)
William of Ockham
English scholastic philosopher and assumed author of Occam's Razor (1285-1349)
Origen
Greek philosopher and theologian who reinterpreted Christian doctrine through the philosophy of Neoplatonism; his work was later condemned as unorthodox (185-254)
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Spanish philosopher who advocated leadership by an intellectual elite (1883-1955)
Erwin Panofsky
art historian (1892-1968)
Cyril Northcote Parkinson
British historian noted for ridicule of bureaucracies (1909-1993)
Parmenides
a presocratic Greek philosopher born in Italy; held the metaphysical view that being is the basic substance and ultimate reality of which all things are composed; said that motion and change are sensory illusions (5th century BC)
Blaise Pascal
French mathematician and philosopher and Jansenist; invented an adding machine; contributed (with Fermat) to the theory of probability (1623-1662)
Charles Sanders Peirce
United States philosopher and logician; pioneer of pragmatism (1839-1914)
Ralph Barton Perry
United States philosopher (1876-1957)
Plato
ancient Athenian philosopher; pupil of Socrates; teacher of Aristotle (428-347 BC)
Plotinus
Roman philosopher (born in Egypt) who was the leading representative of Neoplatonism (205-270)
Edward Bouverie Pusey
English theologian who (with John Henry Newman and John Keble) founded the Oxford movement (1800-1882)
Pythagoras
Greek philosopher and mathematician who proved the Pythagorean theorem; considered to be the first true mathematician (circa 580-500 BC)
Willard Van Orman Quine
United States philosopher and logician who championed an empirical view of knowledge that depended on language (1908-2001)
Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Indian philosopher and statesman who introduced Indian philosophy to the West (1888-1975)
Rasmus Christian Rask
Danish philologist whose work on Old Norse pioneered in the field of comparative linguistics (1787-1832)
Thomas Reid
Scottish philosopher of common sense who opposed the ideas of David Hume (1710-1796)
James Harvey Robinson
United States historian who stressed the importance of intellectual and social events for the course of history (1863-1936)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
French philosopher and writer born in Switzerland; believed that the natural goodness of man was warped by society; ideas influenced the French Revolution (1712-1778)
Bertrand Arthur William Russell
English philosopher and mathematician who collaborated with Whitehead (1872-1970)
Jean-Paul Sartre
French writer and existentialist philosopher (1905-1980)
Saxo Grammaticus
Danish historian who chronicled the history of Denmark (including the legend of Hamlet) (1150?-1220?)
Arthur Meier Schlesinger
United States historian (1888-1965)
Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr.
United States historian and advisor to President Kennedy (born in 1917)
Arthur Schopenhauer
German pessimist philosopher (1788-1860)
Albert Schweitzer
French philosopher and physician and organist who spent most of his life as a medical missionary in Gabon (1875-1965)
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Roman statesman and philosopher who was an advisor to Nero; his nine extant tragedies are modeled on Greek tragedies (circa 4 BC - 65 AD)
Walter William Skeat
English philologist (1835-1912)
Fausto Paolo Sozzini
Italian theologian who argued against Trinitarianism (1539-1604)
Socrates
ancient Athenian philosopher; teacher of Plato and Xenophon (470-399 BC)
Herbert Spencer
English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903)
Oswald Spengler
German philosopher who argued that cultures grow and decay in cycles (1880-1936)
Benedict de Spinoza
Dutch philosopher who espoused a pantheistic system (1632-1677)
Rudolf Steiner
Austrian philosopher who founded anthroposophy (1861-1925)
Dugald Stewart
Scottish philosopher and follower of Thomas Reid (1753-1828)
William Stubbs
English historian noted for his constitutional history of medieval England (1825-1901)
Emanuel Swedenborg
Swedish theologian (1688-1772)
Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Roman historian who wrote major works on the history of the Roman Empire (56-120)
Sir Rabindranath Tagore
Indian writer and philosopher whose poetry (based on traditional Hindu themes) pioneered the use of colloquial Bengali (1861-1941)
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
French paleontologist and philosopher (1881-1955)
Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus
Carthaginian theologian whose writing influenced early Christian theology (160-230)
Thales of Miletus
a presocratic Greek philosopher and astronomer (who predicted an eclipse in 585 BC) who was said by Aristotle to be the founder of physical science; he held that all things originated in water (624-546 BC)
Theophrastus
Greek philosopher who was a student of Aristotle and who succeeded Aristotle as the leader of the Peripatetics (371-287 BC)
Thucydides
ancient Greek historian remembered for his history of the Peloponnesian War (460-395 BC)
Paul Johannes Tillich
United States theologian (born in Germany) (1886-1965)
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
British philologist and writer of fantasies (born in South Africa) (1892-1973)
Arnold Joseph Toynbee
English historian who studied the rise and fall of civilizations looking for cyclical patterns (1889-1975)
Sir George Otto Trevelyan
English historian who wrote a history of the American revolution and a biography of his uncle Lord Macaulay (1838-1928)
George Macaulay Trevelyan
English historian and son of Sir George Otto Trevelyan whose works include a social history of England and a biography of Garibaldi (1876-1962)
Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
United States historian (1912-1989)
Frederick Jackson Turner
United States historian who stressed the role of the western frontier in American history (1861-1951)
Marcus Terentius Varro
Roman scholar (116-27 BC)
Giorgio Vasari
Italian painter and art historian (1511-1574)
Karl Adolph Verner
Danish philologist (1846-1896)
Sir Paul Gavrilovich Vinogradoff
British historian (born in Russia) (1854-1925)
Fourth Earl of Orford
English writer and historian; son of Sir Robert Walpole (1717-1797)
Aby Moritz Warburg
German art historian (1866-1929)
Isaac Watts
English poet and theologian (1674-1748)
Simone Weil
French philosopher (1909-1943)
Alfred North Whitehead
English philosopher and mathematician who collaborated with Bertrand Russell (1861-1947)
Eliezer Wiesel
United States writer (born in Romania) who survived Nazi concentration camps and is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust (born in 1928)
Bernard Arthur Owen Williams
English philosopher credited with reviving the field of moral philosophy (1929-2003)
Johann Joachim Winckelmann
German archaeologist and art historian said to be the father of archaeology (1717-1768)
Ludwig Josef Johan Wittgenstein
British philosopher born in Austria; a major influence on logic and logical positivism (1889-1951)
Friedrich August Wolf
German classical scholar who claimed that the Iliad and Odyssey were composed by several authors (1759-1824)
Comer Vann Woodward
United States historian (1908-1999)
John Wickliffe
English theologian whose objections to Roman Catholic doctrine anticipated the Protestant Reformation (1328-1384)
Xenophanes
Greek philosopher (560-478 BC)
Xenophon
Greek general and historian; student of Socrates (430-355 BC)
Zeno of Citium
ancient Greek philosopher who founded the Stoic school (circa 335-263 BC)
Zeno of Elea
ancient Greek philosopher who formulated paradoxes that defended the belief that motion and change are illusory (circa 495-430 BC)
Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf
German theologian (1700-1760)
Huldreich Zwingli
Swiss theologian whose sermons began the Reformation in Switzerland (1484-1531)
Cassandra
(Greek mythology) a prophetess in Troy during the Trojan War whose predictions were true but were never believed
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anomalist
someone who has a special interest in exceptional cases
exponent
someone who expounds and interprets or explains
alchemist
one who was versed in the practice of alchemy and who sought an elixir of life and a panacea and an alkahest and the philosopher's stone
aphorist
someone who formulates aphorisms or who repeats aphorisms
bel esprit
a witty or clever person with a fine mind
clever Dick, clever clogs
an intellectual who is ostentatiously and irritatingly knowledgeable
decipherer, decoder
the kind of intellectual who converts messages from a code to plain text
egghead
an intellectual; a very studious and academic person
expositor, expounder
a person who explains
Einstein, brain, brainiac, genius, mastermind
someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality
highbrow
a person of intellectual or erudite tastes
mentor, wise man
a wise and trusted guide and advisor
bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student
a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
doubter, sceptic, skeptic
someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs
specifier
someone who draws up specifications giving details (as for obtaining a patent)
subjectivist
a person who subscribes to subjectivism
synthesiser, synthesist, synthesizer
an intellectual who synthesizes or uses synthetic methods
idealogue, theoretician, theoriser, theorist, theorizer
someone who theorizes (especially in science or art)
creative thinker, mind, thinker
an important intellectual
thinker
someone who exercises the mind (usually in an effort to reach a decision)
illusionist, seer, visionary
a person with unusual powers of foresight
wonderer
someone who is curious about something
academician, schoolman
a scholar who is skilled in academic disputation
alum, alumna, alumnus, grad, graduate
a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)
anticipant, anticipator
one who anticipates
Arabist
a scholar who specializes in Arab languages and culture
bibliographer
someone trained in compiling bibliographies
bibliophile, book lover, booklover
someone who loves (and usually collects) books
brain-worker, brainworker
someone whose profession involves using his head to solve problems
Cabalist, Kabbalist
a student of the Jewish Kabbalah
classifier
a person who creates classifications
cryptanalyst, cryptographer, cryptologist
decoder skilled in the analysis of codes and cryptograms
divergent thinker
a thinker who moves away from the problem as stated and often has novel ideas and solutions
diviner
someone who claims to discover hidden knowledge with the aid of supernatural powers
Dr., doctor
a person who holds Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) from an academic institution
doubting Thomas
someone who demands physical evidence in order to be convinced (especially when this demand is out of place)
excogitator
a thinker who considers carefully and thoroughly
fantast, futurist
someone who predicts the future
forecaster, predictor, prognosticator, soothsayer
someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)
goliard
a wandering scholar in medieval Europe; famed for intemperance and riotous behavior and the composition of satirical and ribald Latin songs
historian, historiographer
a person who is an authority on history and who studies it and writes about it
humanist
a classical scholar or student of the liberal arts
initiate, learned person, pundit, savant
someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
Islamist
a scholar who knowledgeable in Islamic studies
licentiate
holds a license (degree) from a (European) university
Masorete, Masorite, Massorete
a scholar who is expert on the Masorah (especially one of the Jewish scribes who contributed to the Masorah)
master
someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution
mujtihad
an Islamic scholar who engages in ijtihad, the effort to derive rules of divine law from Muslim sacred texts
muller, muser, ponderer, ruminator
a reflective thinker characterized by quiet contemplation
musicologist
a student of musicology
arranger, organiser, organizer
a person who brings order and organization to an enterprise
bookworm, pedant, scholastic
a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit
pessimist
a person who expects the worst
philomath
a lover of learning
philosopher
a specialist in philosophy
philosophiser, philosophizer
someone who considers situations from a philosophical point of view
post doc, postdoc
a scholar or researcher who is involved in academic study beyond the level of a doctoral degree
convergent thinker, problem solver, solver
a thinker who focuses on the problem as stated and tries to synthesize information and knowledge to achieve a solution
prodigy
an unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person; someone whose talents excite wonder and admiration
reader
a person who enjoys reading
ratiocinator, reasoner
someone who reasons logically
Renaissance man
a scholar during the Renaissance who (because knowledge was limited) could know almost everything about many topics
Renaissance man, generalist
a modern scholar who is in a position to acquire more than superficial knowledge about many different interests
rocket scientist
a clever thinker
sage
a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom
salutatorian, salutatory speaker
a graduating student with the second highest academic rank; may deliver the opening address at graduation exercises
scholiast
a scholar who writes explanatory notes on an author (especially an ancient commentator on a classical author)
Schoolman, medieval Schoolman
a scholar in one of the universities of the Middle Ages; versed in scholasticism
Shakespearean, Shakespearian
a Shakespearean scholar
Sinologist
a student of Chinese history and language and culture
speculator
someone who makes conjectures without knowing the facts
theologian, theologiser, theologist, theologizer
someone who is learned in theology or who speculates about theology
valedictorian, valedictory speaker
the student with the best grades who usually delivers the valedictory address at commencement
Vedist
a scholar of or an authority on the Vedas
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being