elitism

noun
elit·​ism | \ ā-ˈlē-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce elitism (audio) , i-, ē- How to pronounce elitism (audio) \

Definition of elitism

1 : leadership or rule by an elite
2 : the selectivity of the elite especially : snobbery elitism in choosing new members
3 : consciousness of being or belonging to an elite

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Since that particular tour, Leggero and Kasher became parents to a daughter, born last year, so expect some new takes on motherhood in addition to the veteran comic’s usual shockingly satirical takes on class, elitism, and celebrity culture. Nick Vadala, https://www.inquirer.com, "Need a laugh? These comedians will give you all the giggles on stages in Philadelphia, Atlantic City and beyond," 5 June 2019 Few institutions have suffered the backlash against elitism and credentialism as much as central banks, which are mostly run by professional economists. ... Greg Ip, WSJ, "What You Need to Be on the Fed...and It Isn’t a Ph.D.," 14 Apr. 2019 Some even accused the art of elitism, saying they were disappointed that the only way to appreciate the installation was to get a special VIP pass to view it from a balcony. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Amid gripes, Louvre pyramid celebrates 30 years with collage," 30 Mar. 2019 There’s a tension with Studio 54 between elitism and egalitarianism. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Matt Tyrnauer’s New Documentary, Studio 54, Takes On the Rise, Fall, and Last Days of Disco," 4 Oct. 2018 The private schools that have chosen to drop the APs intend it not as a gesture of elitism, of course, but as a vote for learning-for-learning’s-sake. Caitlin Macy, WSJ, "AP Tests Are Still a Great American Equalizer," 22 Feb. 2019 There’s a difference between the elites and elitism, which is a set of policies that help the elite. Eric Johnson, Recode, "We have to rewrite antitrust law to deal with tech monopolies, says ‘Positive Populism’ author Steve Hilton," 24 Oct. 2018 The proliferation of expensive gear with dubious advantages has created anxiety over the future of the sport, raising questions about elitism and whether the youngest participants are being taught that success can be bought. New York Times, "Young Swimmers May Have to Wait to Dress Like Katie Ledecky," 11 May 2018 Chris Hahn, Chris Matthews made some interesting comments about creeping elitism in your party. Fox News, "Former Miss America on pageant dropping swimsuit competition," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of elitism

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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