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

Examples of elitism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That whiff of elitism and arrogance arrived via an avalanche of titles during the John Wooden era. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Aztecs finally hurdle UCLA’s longtime scheduling resistance," 10 Nov. 2020 Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia’s founding promise—to create an encyclopedia that could be edited by anyone and everyone, a living document of world culture—has always run up against a countervailing current of elitism. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, "The Senate Race That Could be Pivotal for America—and Wikipedia," 2 Nov. 2020 In a country nearly synonymous with wealth — the home of the Swiss bank account and six-figure wristwatches — such anti-elitism is a little difficult to parse. Kate Kelly, New York Times, "The Short Tenure and Abrupt Ouster of Banking’s Sole Black C.E.O.," 3 Oct. 2020 This folksy anti-elitism was part of Beard’s charm, so different from the French snobbery that dominated fine-dining rooms and alienated much of meat-and-potatoes America. Washington Post, "James Beard’s outsize appetites and carefully hidden secrets," 23 Oct. 2020 Like cottagecore, though, dark academia has been criticised for its elitism and Eurocentrism, which is to be expected when an entire subculture dedicates itself to the historically white aesthetic of the Western literary canon. Amal Abdi, refinery29.com, "Meet Dark Academia, The Bookish Fashion Trend That’s All Over TikTok," 7 Oct. 2020 For many Indians, Mr. Rajput’s story also taps into a rising sense of anti-elitism. New York Times, "Despite Crises, India Fixes Its Gaze on a Bollywood Tragedy," 3 Oct. 2020 But Democrats can’t get too full of themselves to recognize that bigotry, elitism and narrow-minded stereotyping can be found in their ranks too. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, "Column: What happens to Trumpism after Trump? Auditions are underway.," 29 Sep. 2020 Chow's supporters—his fondness for horse racing (and the Order of the British Empire honorific tacked onto his name) smacked of elitism and the type of politics of appeasement that come with it. Timothy Mclaughlin, Wired, "Hong Kong Is a Troubling Case Study in the Death of Democracy," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of elitism

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Elitism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elitism. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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