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Meaning of pseudointellectual

pseu•do•in•tel•lec•tu•al

Pronunciation: (s"dō-in"tl-ek'ch-ul), [key]
— n.
  1. a person exhibiting intellectual pretensions that have no basis in sound scholarship.
  2. a person who pretends an interest in intellectual matters for reasons of status.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by fraudulent intellectuality; unscholarly: a pseudointellectual book.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.