elitism

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.
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