Intelligence

Caitlin Lasater

Defintion

The ability to understand, a collection of information, or possessing knowledge or skill.

Origin

noun. 1350-1400 Middle English derived from Latin.


Connotation

1. Knowledge: “I doubt that extraterrestrials have intelligence like humans do; they wouldn’t have a clue of what anesthesiology is, how to identify a parabola, or build the mechanics of a jet plane.”


2. Collection of Information: “GITMO is infamous for manipulating prisoners in order to gain intelligence of extremists activity and location.”

Synonyms

understanding, knowledge, ability, aptitude, information


Antonyms

stupidity, ignorance

Eytomolgy

In the beginning of the 14th century, the word intelligence was used to describe knowledge. Only by 1921 did people associate intelligence to the I.Q. Test. By the 1500's, intelligence was a substitute for news and information aka information for political or military secrecy.