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

Examples of elitism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such rhetoric reflects a globalist, liberal elitism that masquerades as support for democratic ideals. Robert C. O’Brien, Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024 One fear is that this type of criticism might smack of elitism. Laurent Dubreuil, Harper's Magazine, 22 May 2024 Tom Wolfe novel of the same name that examines race, elitism, and politics in late-’90s Atlanta. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 3 May 2024 Real equality, as opposed to elitism, trusts ordinary citizens. Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 9 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for elitism 

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of elitism was in 1934

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“Elitism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elitism. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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