(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Mental capacity
1. intellect, intellectuality, mentality, brain[s], mind, understanding, reason (see reasoning), rationality; faculties, senses, consciousness, observation (see attention); perception, apperception, intelligence; intuition, association of ideas; conception, judgment, wits, mental capacity, genius; logic, thought, meditation; the five wits, the ghost in the machine. Slang, marbles, smarts.
2. (location of intellect) soul, spirit, psyche, ghost, inner man, heart, breast, bosom; seat of thought, brain; subconscious, id; head, cerebrum, cranium; gray matter. Slang, upper story, noodle.
3. (study of intellect) psychology, psychopathology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychometry; ideology; philosophy; phrenology, craniology, cranioscopy; ideality, idealism; transcendentalism, spiritualism, immateriality.
4. psychologist, psychopathologist, alienist, psychiatrist, psychometrist, psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, hypnotherapist, analyst, counselor, therapist. Slang, head shrinker, shrink, head doctor, squirrel.
5. intellectual (see intelligence).
Verbs — intellectualize (see thought); note, notice, mark; take notice, take cognizance; be aware or conscious; realize; appreciate; ruminate; fancy, imagine (see imagination).
Adjectives — intellectual, mental, rational, subjective, metaphysical, spiritual, ghostly; psychical, psychological; cerebral; percipient, aware, conscious; subconscious; immaterial; logical, reasoning, reasonable; thoughtful, thinking, meditative, contemplative.
Quotations — Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open (James Dewar), 'Tis the mind that makes the body rich (Shakespeare), A good mind is a lord of a kingdom (Seneca), Intellectual passion drives out sensuality (Leonardo da Vinci).
Antonyms, see insanity.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The power to reason]
Syn. understanding, comprehension, ability; see acumen , judgment 1 .
2. [The mind]
Syn. intelligence, brain, mentality; see mind 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
brain power, reason, sense, intelligence, *brains, comprehension, understanding, wits, judgment, cognition, intuition, aptitude, genius, *smarts, mental agility.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The faculty of thinking, reasoning, and acquiring and applying knowledge: brain (often used in plural), brainpower, intelligence, mentality, mind, sense, understanding, wit. Slang: smart (used in plural). See ABILITY, THOUGHTS . 2. A person of great mental ability: brain, intellectual, mind, thinker. See ABILITY.

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