elitists

elitist

[ih-lee-tist ey-lee]
adjective
1.
(of a person or class of persons) considered superior by others or by themselves, as in intellect, talent, power, wealth, or position in society: elitist country clubbers who have theirs and don't care about anybody else.
2.
catering to or associated with an elitist class, its ideologies, or its institutions: Even at such a small, private college, Latin and Greek are under attack as too elitist.
noun
3.
a person having, thought to have, or professing superior intellect or talent, power, wealth, or membership in the upper echelons of society: He lost a congressional race in Texas by being smeared as an Eastern elitist.
4.
a person who believes in the superiority of an elitist class.

Origin:
elite + -ist

antielitist, noun, adjective
nonelitist, noun, adjective
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elitism

[ih-lee-tiz-uhm, ey-lee-]
noun
1.
practice of or belief in rule by an elite.
2.
consciousness of or pride in belonging to a select or favored group.

Origin:
1950–55; elite + -ism

elitist, noun, adjective
antielitism, noun
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elitism (ɪˈliːtɪzəm, eɪ-)
 
n
1.  a.  the belief that society should be governed by a select group of gifted and highly educated individuals
 b.  such government
2.  pride in or awareness of being one of an elite group
 
e'litist
 
adj, —n

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elitism
1951, from elite + -ism.

elitist
1950, from elite + -ist. The original examples were Freud, Nietzsche, and Carlyle.
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