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[ih-lee-tist ey-lee‐] /ɪˈli tɪst eɪˈli‐/
(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.
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.
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.
a person who believes in the superiority of an elitist class.
Origin of elitist
Related forms
antielitist, noun, adjective
nonelitist, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The aim was to immediately inherit the wealth and power accumulated by generations of elitist rule.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
Word Origin and History for elitist

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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