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[in-tel-i-jent-see-uh, -gent-] /ɪnˌtɛl ɪˈdʒɛnt si ə, -ˈgɛnt-/
plural noun
1.
intellectuals considered as a group or class, especially as a cultural, social, or political elite.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; < Russian intelligéntsia < Latin intelligentia intelligence
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Examples for intelligentsia
  • Also, they come away from their training viewing themselves as members of the intelligentsia which is quite seldom true.
  • In other countries, the intelligentsia that lives in the capital drives the policy and the rural areas are ignored.
  • For the intelligentsia living outside, science towns held the allure of romantic impossibility.
  • He believes that he and his right-wing buddies are the intelligentsia of the world.
  • As knowing, educated and wise members of the intelligentsia, surely none reading here would believe such a silly rumor.
  • We have an intelligentsia, but they have no chance to participate.
  • His relationship with the literary intelligentsia had always been testy.
  • He was losing the support of the party intelligentsia-a crucial segment, and one that he had always found frustratingly elusive.
  • The country's influential intelligentsia have written open letters decrying it.
  • The intelligentsia were obsessed with the greed of the new rich businessmen, whom they blame for the end of heroic idealism.
British Dictionary definitions for intelligentsia

intelligentsia

/ɪnˌtɛlɪˈdʒɛntsɪə/
noun
1.
the intelligentsia, the educated or intellectual people in a society or community
Word Origin
C20: from Russian intelligentsiya, from Latin intellegentiaintelligence
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Word Origin and History for intelligentsia
intelligentsia
"the intellectual class collectively," 1905, from Rus. intelligyentsia, from L. intelligentia (see intelligence).
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intelligentsia in Culture
intelligentsia [(in-tel-uh-jent-see-uh)]

Intellectuals who form an artistic, social, or political vanguard or elite.

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