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
: intellectuals who form an artistic, social, or political vanguard or elite
Examples of intelligentsia
<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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