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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 25 Mar. 2023.

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