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intelligentsia

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noun in·tel·li·gent·sia \in-ˌte-lə-ˈjen(t)-sē-ə, -ˈgen(t)-\

Simple Definition of intelligentsia

  • : a group of intelligent and well-educated people who guide or try to guide the political, artistic, or social development of their society

Full Definition of intelligentsia

  1. :  intellectuals who form an artistic, social, or political vanguard or elite

Examples of intelligentsia

  1. <a presidential candidate who was the darling of the intelligentsia—and very few others>



Origin of intelligentsia

Russian intelligentsiya, from Latin intelligentia intelligence


First Known Use: 1905



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