Bright vs Intellectual - What's the difference?

Bright | intellectual | Synonyms |

Bright is a synonym of intellectual.

As a proper noun Bright

is .

As an adjective intellectual is

belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental or cognitive; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.

As a noun intellectual is

an intelligent, learned person, especially one who discourses about learned matters.




  • Visually dazzling; luminous, lucent, clear, radiant; not dark.
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  • *:Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. The clear light of the bright autumn morning had no terrors for youth and health like hers.
  • *Sir (Francis Drake) (c.1540-1596)
  • *:The earth was dark, but the heavens were bright .
  • * (1800-1859)
  • *:The public places were as bright as at noonday.
  • *(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) (1807-1882)
  • *:The sun was bright o'erhead.
  • Having a clear, quick intellect; intelligent.
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  • * Episode 16
  • *:—Ah, God, Corley replied, sure I couldn't teach in a school, man. I was never one of your bright ones, he added with a half laugh.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Revenge of the nerds , passage=Think of banking today and the image is of grey-suited men in towering skyscrapers. Its future, however, is being shaped in converted warehouses and funky offices in San Francisco, New York and London, where bright young things in jeans and T-shirts huddle around laptops, sipping lattes or munching on free food.}}
  • Vivid, colourful, brilliant.
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  • *(Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • *:Here the bright crocus and blue violet grew.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.}}
  • Happy, in (soplink).
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  • *1937 , , (The Hobbit) , Ch.11:
  • *:Their spirits had risen a little at the discovery of the path, but now they sank into their boots; and yet they would not give it up and go away. The hobbit was no longer much brighter than the dwarves. He would do nothing but sit with his back to the rock-face and stare.
  • Sparkling with wit; lively; vivacious; cheerful.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Be bright and jovial among your guests.
  • Illustrious; glorious.
  • *(Charles Cotton) (1630-1687)
  • *:the brightest annals of a female reign
  • Clear; transparent.
  • *(James Thomson) (1700-1748)
  • *:From the brightest wines / He'd turn abhorrent.
  • (lb) Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eyes; clear; evident; plain.
  • *(Isaac Watts) (1674-1748)
  • *:with brighter evidence, and with surer success
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * * brighten * bright-eyed * bright-eyed and bushy-tailed * brightness * bright side * bright young thing * brightwork * eyebright

    See also

    * (Brights movement)


    (en noun)
  • An artist's brush used in oil and acrylic painting with a long ferrule and a flat, somewhat tapering bristle head.
  • (obsolete) splendour; brightness
  • * Milton
  • Dark with excessive bright thy skirts appear.
  • (neologism) A person with a naturalistic worldview with no supernatural or mystical elements.
  • * {{quote-news, date = 2003-06-20
  • , title = The future looks bright , first = Richard , last = Dawkins , authorlink = Richard Dawkins , newspaper = (The Guardian) , issn = 0261-3077 , url = , passage = Brights' constitute 60% of American scientists, and a stunning 93% of those scientists good enough to be elected to the elite National Academy of Sciences (equivalent to Fellows of the Royal Society) are ' brights . }}
  • * {{quote-book, date = 2006-02-02
  • , title = Breaking the Spell: Religion As a Natural Phenomenon , first = Daniel C. , last = Dennett , authorlink = Daniel C. Dennett , location = New York , publisher = Viking , isbn = 9780670034727 , ol = 3421576M , page = 27 , pageurl = , passage = Many of us brights' have devoted considerable time and energy at some point in our lives to looking at the arguments for and against the existence of God, and many ' brights continue to pursue these issues, hacking away vigorously at the arguments of believers as if they were trying to refute a rival scientific theory. }}
  • * {{quote-book, date = 2008-03-17
  • , title = The Delusion of Disbelief: Why the New Atheism Is a Threat to Your Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness , first = David , last = Aikman , location = Carol Stream , publisher = Tyndale House Publishers , isbn = 9781414317083 , ol = 24967138M , page = 28 , pageurl = , passage = Dawkins has received appreciative letters from people who were formerly what he derisively calls "faith-heads" who have abandoned their delusions and come over to the side of the brights , the pleasant green pastures where clear-eyed, brave, bold, and supremely brainy atheists graze contentedly. }}
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  • Antonyms

    * (non-supernaturalist) (neologism) super, supernaturalist


    * (non-supernaturalist) atheist


    Alternative forms

    * intellectuall (obsolete)


    (en adjective)
  • Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental or cognitive; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.
  • Endowed with intellect; having the power of understanding; having capacity for the higher forms of knowledge or thought; characterized by intelligence or mental capacity; as, an intellectual person.
  • Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments.
  • Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental" philosophy.
  • (archaic, poetic) Spiritual.
  • * 1805 , William Wordsworth, The Prelude , Book II, lines 331-334 (eds. Jonathan Wordsworth, M. H. Abrams, & Stephen Gill, published by W. W. Norton & Company, 1979):
  • I deem not profitless those fleeting moods / Of shadowy exultation; not for this, / That they are kindred to our purer mind / And intellectual life ...


    * non-intellectual

    Derived terms

    * anti-intellectual * intellectual capital * intellectual disability * intellectual honesty * intellectuality * intellectual journey * intellectual property * intellectual rights * organic intellectual


    (en noun)
  • An intelligent, learned person, especially one who discourses about learned matters.
  • (archaic) The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.
  • Derived terms

    * public intellectual

    See also

    * intelligentsia * egghead * nerd * geek * highbrow