Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 450 (Intellect)

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#450. Intellect. -- N. intellect, mind, understanding, reason, thinking principle; rationality; cogitative faculties, cognitive faculties, discursive faculties, reasoning faculties, intellectual faculties; faculties, senses, consciousness, observation, percipience, intelligence, intellection, intuition, association of ideas, instinct, conception, judgment, wits, parts, capacity, intellectuality, genius; brains, cognitive powers, intellectual powers; wit &c. 498; ability &c. (skill) 698; wisdom &c. 498; Vernunft[Ger], Verstand[Ger].

soul, spirit, ghost, inner man, heart, breast, bosom, penetralia mentis[Lat], divina particula aurae[Lat], heart's core; the Absolute, psyche, subliminal consciousness, supreme principle.

brain, organ of thought, seat of thought; sensorium[obs], sensory; head, headpiece; pate, noddle[obs], noggin, skull, scull, pericranium[Med], cerebrum, cranium, brainpan[obs], sconce, upper story.

[in computers] central processing unit, CPU; arithmetic and logical unit, ALU.

[Science of mind] metaphysics; psychics, psychology; ideology; mental philosophy, moral philosophy; philosophy of the mind; pneumatology[obs], phrenology; craniology[Med], cranioscopy[Med].

ideality, idealism; transcendentalism, spiritualism; immateriality &c. 317; universal concept, universal conception.

metaphysician, psychologist &c.

V. note, notice, mark; take notice of, take cognizance of be aware of, be conscious of; realize; appreciate; ruminate &c. (think) 451; fancy &c. (imagine) 515.

Adj. intellectual[Relating to intellect], mental, rational, subjective, metaphysical, nooscopic[obs], spiritual; ghostly; psychical[obs], psychological; cerebral; animastic[obs]; brainy; hyperphysical[obs], superphysical[obs]; subconscious, subliminal.

immaterial &c. 317; endowed with reason.

Adv. in petto.

Phr. ens rationis [Lat]; frons est animi janua [Lat][Cicero]; locos y ninos dicen la verdad [Sp]; mens sola loco non exulat [Lat][Ovid]; " my mind is my kingdom " [Campbell]; " stern men with empires in their brains " [Lowell]; " the mind, the music breathing from her face " [Byron]; " thou living ray of intellectual Fire " [Falconer]. <-- differentiate between instinct and intuition. Intuition is reserved for people. --> #450a. Absence or want of Intellect.-- N. absence of intellect, want of intellect &c. 450; imbecility &c. 499.: brutality, brute force.

instinct, brute instinct, stimulus-response loop, conditioned response, instinctive reaction, Pavlovian response.

mimicry, aping (imitation) 19.

moron, imbecile, idiot; fool &c. 501; dumb animal; vegetable, brain- dead.

Adj. unendowed with reason, void of reason; thoughtless; vegetative; moronic, idiotic, brainless [all pejorative].

Adv. instinctively, like Pavlov's dog; vegetatively.

V. mimic, ape (imitate) 19; respond instinctively.