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intelligentsia

[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 of intelligentsia
1905-1910
1905-10; < Russian intelligéntsia < Latin intelligentia intelligence
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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
n.

"the intellectual class collectively," 1905, from Russian intelligyentsia, from Latin intelligentia (see intelligence). Perhaps via Italian intelligenzia.

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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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