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elitist

[ih-lee-tist ey-lee‐] /ɪˈli tɪst eɪˈli‐/
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
Related forms
antielitist, noun, adjective
nonelitist, noun, adjective

elitism

[ih-lee-tiz-uh m, ey-lee-] /ɪˈli tɪz əm, eɪˈli-/
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
Related forms
elitist, noun, adjective
antielitism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for elitists

elitism

/ɪˈliːtɪzəm; eɪ-/
noun
1.
  1. the belief that society should be governed by a select group of gifted and highly educated individuals
  2. such government
2.
pride in or awareness of being one of an elite group
Derived Forms
elitist, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for elitists

elitism

n.

1951; see elite + -ism.

elitist

n.

1950; see elite + -ist. The original examples were Freud, Nietzsche, and Carlyle.

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