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[in-tel-i-jent-see-uh, -gent-] /ɪnˌtɛl ɪˈdʒɛnt si ə, -ˈgɛnt-/
plural noun
intellectuals considered as a group or class, especially as a cultural, social, or political elite.
Origin of intelligentsia
1905-10; < Russian intelligéntsia < Latin intelligentia intelligence Unabridged
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  • 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


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

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

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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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