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in·tel·lec·tu·al·ize

(ĭn′tl-ĕk′chōō-ə-līz′)
v.
1. To furnish a rational structure or meaning for.
2. To engage in intellectualization.
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After the well-thought-out theoretical debate in chapter one and later rounded off in the conclusion, comes chapter two, which highlights two aspects of the struggle against the Manichean Delirium, which pits the "superior progressive" Western legal system against the "inferior non-progressive" Islamic legal systems--either the intellectualized Islamic or the customary volk Islamic legal system.
There were neither intellectualized conceptions nor abstract designs for stage director Diana Leblanc and set and costume designer Leslie Frankish in Pacific Opera Victoria's Lucia di Lammermoor.
Progressive reformers, favoring "a more intellectualized, 'educative' brand of politics," altered public life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, says Summers.
The old elite, in Gelernter's view, was in basic sympathy with the American masses; the new, intellectualized elite is hostile to them, as evidenced by its espousing alien values of feminism and multiculturalism.
I'm an orthodox Catholic, not a raving reactionary, but after reading this type of intellectualized drivel, I can see why some get this way.
Meese's criticism presupposes a certain type of dialogue, the kind of intellectualized dialogue where terms are clarified and justifications are assessed and refined.
He welcomes the sensuality that characterizes popular Hindu religion and contrasts this "holistic faith" with the abstract and intellectualized religion of his own tradition.
In this astonishing novel, a father reacts to the birth of his disfigured child with an intellectualized, arm's-length desire to bring about the infant's death.
Political theory, feminism, cultural criticism--these made me feel engaged in an abstract, intellectualized way, which was admittedly the only way I knew to be engaged.
Metaphysical poetry Highly intellectualized poetry written chiefly in 17th-century England.
These are experiences that transform; they can't just be intellectualized," said Nelson, author of To Dance With God (Paulist, 1986), about the use of ritual in family and community life.
He took his plots from Greek and Roman classic literature and transformed them into charming, ornate allegories of court flirtations and intrigues and the political affairs of the time, and he refined and intellectualized comedy from its former and cruder state.