intelligentsia


in·tel·li·gent·sia

noun \in-ˌte-lə-ˈjen(t)-sē-ə, -ˈgen(t)-\

: 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

:  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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Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

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