Anti-intellectual



a person opposed to or hostile toward intellectuals and the modern academic, artistic, social, religious, and other theories associated with them.
a person who believes that intellect and reason are less important than actions and emotions in solving practical problems and understanding reality.
of, relating to, or characteristic of anti-intellectuals or their beliefs.
Contemporary Examples

But if Reagan burnished the anti-intellectual brand, Bush has now wrecked it.
Revenge of the Nerds Peter Beinart December 7, 2008

What possible change can any one citizen instigate against that barrage of anti-intellectual, gun-toting paranoia?
As Parents We’re All Gun Violence Cowards William Giraldi May 29, 2014

But it was under Ronald Reagan that the anti-intellectual era in American politics truly began.
Revenge of the Nerds Peter Beinart December 7, 2008

But anarchism is a logical outgrowth of the anti-intellectual side of collectivism.
Objectivists Shrugged Noah Kristula-Green June 26, 2012

Historical Examples

Is Fascism therefore “anti-intellectual,” as has been so often charged?
Readings on Fascism and National Socialism Various

This movement, of which Courbet will always remain the most famous representative, has been anti-intellectual.
The French Impressionists (1860-1900) Camille Mauclair

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

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