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highbrow

1. adjective Of or pertaining to heightened intellectualism or superior learning or culture; especially erudite or sophisticated; appealing or suited to highbrows. The film is by no means highbrow, but it has an intelligent enough story and some compelling characters. After two degrees in literature, Stanley insists on reading only highbrow books.
2. noun A person who has or affects heightened intellectualism or superior learning or culture, often in a pretentious or elitist manner. Of course, a book like this won't be given the time of day by literary highbrows, but it nevertheless provides an engaging and—dare I say it—entertaining read.

highbrowed

Of or pertaining to heightened intellectualism or superior learning or culture; especially erudite or sophisticated; appealing or suited to highbrows. The film is by no means highbrowed, but it has an intelligent enough story and some compelling characters. After two degrees in literature, Stanley insists on reading only highbrowed books.
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highbrow

1. n. an intellectual person; a person with refined tastes. (see also longhair.) The highbrows usually congregate in there.
2. mod. having to do with an intellectual or a person with refined tastes. Pete is sort of highbrow, but he’s an okay guy.
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References in classic literature ?
I'm willing to be your financial manager, Tom Swift, but please don't ask me to be a high-brow. I wasn't built for that."
Fancy you being one of the high-brows! You ought to hang out a sign.
From the gods to the orchestra pit, Greyfriars Road's New Theatre provided audiences from the high-brow to the 'it's behind you'variety with hundreds of hours of top-notch entertainment
Boris and his siblings were encouraged as children to discuss high-brow subjects, and his father Stanley says the earliest ambition of the young Boris was to be 'world king'.
The astonishing past of Mr Skidmore, 36 - a public school, high-brow historian who has written books on the royals - emerged after we obtained a four-track demo CD by his group Bob Nylon and the Elastic Band.
The couple and their five children made aliya in 2012, with Nissim recording a string of albums that featured his high-brow conversational stylethink Talib Kweliwith his obvious passion for his religion.
He should be treated for what he is - a self-styled high-brow version of rent-a-gob Katie Hopkins.
Audiences for this latest creation can expect the company's unique mash-up of the high-brow with the low, as they attempt to answer the question "What makes us laugh?" The RSC has, in fact, been making people laugh in 17 countries for over 25 years, securing their particular place in comedy history.
"They are very high-brow and turn their backs on anyone who they perceive not to hold the same social standing as them."
One high-brow reviewer even wrote: "It's as close to literature as Whiskas cat food is to gastronomy."
(The parallels with Arnold Bennett are obvious.) This 'intellectual biography' discusses Priestley's role in creating a 'radical Englishness' based on popular culture rather than high-brow intellectualism or 'culture'.
Such is the high-brow literary debate in my office that we came up with our own tribute, sharing our "Dickensian names".
Best of the Culture Show 2010 (BBC Two, Thursday, 7pm) IF like me you've forgone all culture for the past 12 months for the sake of X Factor, Big Brother and I'm A Celeb, then this comprehensive one-hour round-up of all things high-brow should still enable you to pass yourself off as sophisticated at parties.
Dubai There may be an assumption that people who have successfully completed academic studies and gained a PhD have developed a highly sophisticated character and a high-brow attitude to mundane pleasures.