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intellectual +‎ -ize


intellectualize (third-person singular simple present intellectualizes, present participle intellectualizing, simple past and past participle intellectualized) (transitive)

  1. To treat in an intellectual manner; to discuss or express intellectually.
    Sentiment is intellectualized emotion. — Lowell.
  2. To endow with intellect; to bestow intellectual qualities upon; to cause to become intellectual.
  3. (US) to find a seemingly rational explanation for something:
    1. (psychology) to use (excessive) reasoning and rationalization to block out emotional stress and anxiety associated with painful or traumatic experiences

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