elitism

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noun elit·ism \ā-ˈlē-ˌti-zəm, i-, ē-\

Definition of elitism

  1. 1 :  leadership or rule by an elite

  2. 2 :  the selectivity of the elite; especially :  snobbery elitism in choosing new members

  3. 3 :  consciousness of being or belonging to an elite

elitist

play play \ā-ˈlē-tist, i-, ē-\ noun or adjective

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1947

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