[ad_1] verb (used with object), in·tel·lec·tu·al·ized, in·tel·lec·tu·al·iz·ing.
  1. to seek or consider the rational content or form of.
  2. to make intellectual.
  3. to analyze (something) intellectually or rationally.
  4. to ignore the emotional or psychological significance of (an action, feeling, dream, etc.) by an excessively intellectual or abstract explanation.

verb (used without object), in·tel·lec·tu·al·ized, in·tel·lec·tu·al·iz·ing.

  1. to talk or write intellectually; reason; philosophize: to intellectualize about world problems.


  1. to make or become intellectual
  2. (tr) to treat or consider in an intellectual way; rationalize

1821, noun of action from intellectualize.


1819, from intellectual + -ize. Related: Intellectualized; intellectualizing.


  1. The act or process of intellectualizing.
  2. An unconscious means of protecting oneself from the emotional stress and anxiety associated with confronting painful personal fears or problems by excessive reasoning.


  1. To furnish a rational structure or meaning for.
  2. To engage in intellectualization.

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