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Intellect definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

IN'TELLECT, n. [L. intellectus, from intelligo, to understand. See Intelligence.] That faculty of the human soul or mind, which receives or comprehends the ideas communicated to it by the senses or by perception, or by other means; the faculty of thinking; otherwise called the understanding. A clear intellect receives and entertains the same ideas which another communicates with perspicuity.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: knowledge and intellectual ability; "he reads to improve his mind"; "he has a keen intellect" [syn: mind, intellect]
2: the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination; "we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil" [syn: reason, understanding, intellect]
3: a person who uses the mind creatively [syn: intellectual, intellect]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin intellectus, from intellegere to understand more at intelligent Date: 14th century 1. a. the power of knowing as distinguished from the power to feel and to will ; the capacity for knowledge b. the capacity for rational or intelligent thought especially when highly developed 2. a person with great intellectual powers

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a the faculty of reasoning, knowing, and thinking, as distinct from feeling. b the understanding or mental powers (of a particular person etc.) (his intellect is not great). 2 a a clever or knowledgeable person. b the intelligentsia regarded collectively (the combined intellect of four universities). Etymology: ME f. OF intellect or L intellectus understanding (as INTELLIGENT)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Intellect In"tel*lect, n. [L. intellectus, fr. intelligere, intellectum, to understand: cf. intellect. See Intelligent.] (Metaph.) The part or faculty of the human soul by which it knows, as distinguished from the power to feel and to will; sometimes, the capacity for higher forms of knowledge, as distinguished from the power to perceive objects in their relations; the power to judge and comprehend; the thinking faculty; the understanding.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(intellects) 1. Intellect is the ability to understand or deal with ideas and information. Do the emotions develop in parallel with the intellect?... N-VAR 2. Intellect is the quality of being very intelligent or clever. Her intellect is famed far and wide... N-VAR: oft poss N

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Understanding, reason, mind, sense, brains, thinking principle, reasoning faculty, rational faculty, discursive faculty, intellectual powers, intellectual faculties, cognitive faculty, cognitive powers, power of cognition.

Moby Thesaurus

Brahmin, IQ, apprehension, authority, brain, brains, brainworker, caliber, capacity, cleverness, common sense, comprehension, conception, consciousness, deductive power, doctor, egghead, elder, elder statesman, esemplastic power, genius, great soul, guru, head, highbrow, ideation, illuminate, integrative power, intellectual, intellectual grasp, intellectual power, intellectualism, intellectualist, intellectuality, intelligence, intelligence quotient, intuition, judgement, knowledge, literate, lover of wisdom, mahatma, man of intellect, man of wisdom, mandarin, master, mastermind, mental age, mental capacity, mental grasp, mental ratio, mentality, mentor, mind, mother wit, native wit, oracle, philosopher, power of mind, pundit, rabbi, rationality, reason, reasonableness, reasoning power, rishi, sage, sanity, sapient, savant, scholar, scope of mind, seer, sense, starets, thinker, thinking power, understanding, white-collar intellectual, wise man, wise old man, wit


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