an·​ti-elit·​ist ˌan-tē-ā-ˈlē-tist How to pronounce anti-elitist (audio)
: opposed to elitist attitudes, policies, or practices
Like many swashbuckler capitalists, he is essentially anti-elitist.David Brooks
ˌan-tē-ā-ˈlē-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce anti-elitist (audio)
Shostakovich, a prime figure in the flowering of the avant-garde in early Soviet Russia, then became a public target of Stalin's virulent anti-elitism. Scott Cantrell
anti-elitist noun
Britain is the only country I know dominated by an elite of anti-elitists. George Walden

Examples of anti-elitist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Populism and Extremism Out of disorder and discontent come leaders who have strong personalities, are anti-elitist, and claim to fight for the common man. Ray Dalio, TIME, 25 June 2024 These populist dictatorships, in countries such as Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, share two important features: first, their rulers came to power by winning free and fair elections with an anti-elitist and anti-pluralist message. Yascha Mounk, Foreign Affairs, 12 Aug. 2019 His supporters see him as an anti-elitist hero who could reform establishment politics, eradicate corruption and solve growing economic inequality. Hyung-Jin Kim and Jiwon Song, USA TODAY, 2 Jan. 2024 The rivalry between Peretti—goofy, numerate, American, straight—and Gawker founder Nick Denton—brash, anti-elitist, English, gay—lies at the heart of Traffic. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, 18 Apr. 2023 Join us on Twitter and Facebook Beyond that, DeSantis has framed his politics around an anti-elitist rhetoric that has significant power in US politics and culture. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 15 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anti-elitist was in 1954

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“Anti-elitist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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