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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
1950-1955
1950-55; elite + -ism
Related forms
elitist, noun, adjective
antielitism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for elitism

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 elitism
n.

1951; see elite + -ism.

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