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Synonyms of 'intelligence'

(noun) 
Definition
the ability to understand, learn, and think things out quickly
She's a woman of exceptional intelligence.
Synonyms
intellect
Do the emotions develop in parallel with the intellect?
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understanding
They have to have a basic understanding of computers.
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brains (informal)
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mind
an excellent training for the young mind
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reason
a conflict between emotion and reason
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sense
When he was younger he had a bit more sense.
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knowledge
the quest for scientific knowledge
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smarts (slang, mainly US)
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judgment
Publication of the information was a serious error in judgment.
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wit
The information is there for anyone with the wit to use it.
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perception
It did not require a great deal of perception to realise what he meant.
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insight
He was a man of considerable insight and diplomatic skills.
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comprehension
The situation was utterly beyond her comprehension.
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brightness
Her brightness seemed quite intimidating to me.
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aptitude
He discovered an aptitude for working in accounts.
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acumen
Her sharp business acumen meant she quickly rose to the top.
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nous (British, slang)
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cleverness
He congratulated himself on his cleverness.
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quickness
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discernment
their lack of discernment and acceptance of inferior quality
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grey matter (informal)
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brain power
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
news or information
a senior officer involved in gathering intelligence
Synonyms
information
They refused to give us any information about her.
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news
They still haven't had any news about the survivors.
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facts
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report
There were no reports of casualties.
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findings
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word
There is no word from the authorities on the reported attack.
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notice
Unions are requested to give seven days' notice of industrial action.
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advice
Most have now left the country on the advice of their governments.
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data
The survey was based on data from 2,100 patients.
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gen (British, informal)
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tip-off
He was arrested after a tip-off to police by a member of the public.
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low-down (informal)
We want you to give us the low-down on your team-mates.
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notification
We require written notification from the person who signed the booking form.
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rumour
There's a strange rumour going around.
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heads up
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
the collection of secret information, esp. for military purposes
Why was military intelligence so lacking?
Synonyms
espionage
The authorities have arrested several people suspected of espionage.
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spying
a ten-year sentence for spying
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information gathering
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counter-intelligence
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undercover work

Quotations

Intelligence is characterised by a natural incomprehension of life [Henri BergsonL'Évolution Créatrice]
Intelligence in chains loses in lucidity what it gains in intensity [Albert CamusThe Rebel]The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function [F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Crack-Up]Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are [George SantayanaThe Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense]Intelligence ... is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas [Susan SontagNotes on Camp]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of acumen
Definition
the ability to make good decisions
Her sharp business acumen meant she quickly rose to the top.
in the sense of advice
Definition
formal notification of facts
Most have now left the country on the advice of their governments.
in the sense of aptitude
Definition
natural tendency or ability
He discovered an aptitude for working in accounts.

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