intellectualize

intellectualize
in·tel·lec·tu·al·ize or chiefly Brit in·tel·lec·tu·al·ise .int-əl-'ek-chə(-wə)-.līz, -'eksh-wə- vt, -ized or chiefly Brit -ised; -iz·ing or chiefly Brit -is·ing
1) to give rational form or content to
2) to avoid conscious recognition of the emotional basis of (an act or feeling) by substituting a superficially plausible explanation <conflicts that are intellectualized (L. E. Hinsie)>
in·tel·lec·tu·al·iza·tion or chiefly Brit in·tel·lec·tu·al·isa·tion -.ek-chə(-wə)-lə-'zā-shən n

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  • Intellectualize — In tel*lec tu*al*ize, v. t. 1. To treat in an intellectual manner; to discuss intellectually; to reduce to intellectual form; to express intellectually; to idealize. [1913 Webster] Sentiment is intellectualized emotion. Lowell. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intellectualize — 1819, from INTELLECTUAL (Cf. intellectual) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Intellectualized; intellectualizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • intellectualize — (Amer.) v. treat in an intellectual manner, rationalize, analyze with the mind; make intellectual (also intellectualise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • intellectualize — [in΄tə lek′cho͞o əlīz΄, int΄ l ek′cho͞o əlīz΄] vt. intellectualized, intellectualizing 1. to make intellectual; give an intellectual quality to 2. to examine or interpret rationally, often without proper regard for emotional considerations vi. to …   English World dictionary

  • intellectualize — UK [ˌɪntəˈlektʃuəlaɪz] / US [ˌɪnt(ə)lˈektʃuəˌlaɪz] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms intellectualize : present tense I/you/we/they intellectualize he/she/it intellectualizes present participle intellectualizing past tense intellectualized …   English dictionary

  • intellectualize — intellectualization, n. intellectualizer, n. /in tl ek chooh euh luyz /, v., intellectualized, intellectualizing. v.t. 1. to seek or consider the rational content or form of. 2. to make intellectual. 3. to analyze (something) intellectually or… …   Universalium

  • intellectualize — [[t]ɪ̱ntɪle̱ktʃuəlaɪz[/t]] intellectualizes, intellectualizing, intellectualized VERB If someone intellectualizes a subject or issue, they consider it in an intellectual way, often when this is not appropriate. [V n] I tended to mistrust my… …   English dictionary

  • intellectualize — ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷( ̷ ̷) ̷ ̷ˌlīz verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Usage: see ize Etymology: intellectual (I) + ize transitive verb 1. : to give intellectual or rational form or content to : treat or analyze intellectuall …   Useful english dictionary

  • intellectualize — transitive verb ( ized; izing) Date: circa 1819 to give rational form or content to • intellectualization noun • intellectualizer noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • intellectualize — verb a) to find a seemingly rational explanation for something: b) to use (excessive) reasoning and rationalization to block out emotional stress and anxiety associated with painf …   Wiktionary

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