intelligentsia

[in-tel-i-jent-see-uh, -gent-]
plural noun
intellectuals considered as a group or class, especially as a cultural, social, or political elite.

Origin:
1905–10; < Russian intelligéntsia < Latin intelligentia intelligence

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intelligentsia (ɪnˌtɛlɪˈdʒɛntsɪə)
 
n
the intelligentsia the educated or intellectual people in a society or community
 
[C20: from Russian intelligentsiya, from Latin intellegentiaintelligence]

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intelligentsia
"the intellectual class collectively," 1905, from Rus. intelligyentsia, from L. intelligentia (see intelligence).
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intelligentsia [(in-tel-uh-jent-see-uh)]

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

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Example sentences
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.
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