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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The Boston Celtics of the 1950s and ’60s were the first local sports franchise to feed our intellectual elitism. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Why Bill Belichick and the Patriots fit our self-image," 7 Sep. 2019 What’s more fascinating is that Santorum — holder of an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a Juris Doctor from Dickinson School of Law — would identify higher education as a mark of elitism. Leonard Pitts Jr - Miami Herald, The Mercury News, "Pitts: The notion that education is the enemy," 22 Aug. 2019 The bigotry and elitism spewing out of the White House has spawned demands from the left for extreme socialist reform. Doug Friednash, The Denver Post, "Friednash: Denver’s AOC — Candi CdeBaca — has already shaken the city but could this disruptor rattle Congress too?," 4 Aug. 2019 If the influence of Russell Kirk, American conservatism’s founding father, provided the intellectual framework for the conference, Pat Buchanan’s pitchfork populism replaced William Buckley’s Northeastern elitism as its animating spirit. John Burtka Iv, Twin Cities, "John Burtka: Under Trump, a very different agenda for conservatives emerges," 25 July 2019 American citizenship, from its earliest stages, was used as a badge of divisiveness and elitism sewn with supremacy. Jeneé Osterheldt, BostonGlobe.com, "Yes, Mr. President, the ‘Squad’ is telling you how government should run. That’s why they were elected," 15 July 2019 Noir bars are the antidote to the elitism inherent in this capital of ego and glitz. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "Our favorite ‘noir bars,’ dark sanctuaries on a blistering summer day," 27 June 2019 For their part, off-road enthusiasts and campers have accused coastal regulators and detractors of elitism and overreach. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "Coastal Commission considers fate of off-roading at Oceano Dunes," 11 July 2019 It is still criticized for elitism and past discrimination against ethnic minorities and Islamists. New York Times, "Istanbul’s New Mayor Quickly Emerges as a Rival to Erdogan," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of elitism

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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