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elitist

noun elit·ist \ ā-ˈlē-tist , i- , ē- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of elitist

plural elitists
1 :one who is an adherent of elitism :one whose attitudes and beliefs are biased in favor of a socially elite class of people
  • On many issues, they seem to be populists rather than elitists—believers that people can make decisions for themselves better than elites can.
  • —Michael Barone
  • Derided by elitists as phony, the … movement is spontaneous, decentralized, frequently amateurish and sometimes shrill.
  • —Karl Rove
2 :a person who is or regards himself or herself as a member of a socially elite group
  • He's too rich, too polished—he's an elitist in a party that has become home to disaffected white, working-class voters.
  • —Joe Klein
  • He was an elitist, who esteemed himself better than Americans from most classes of the population.
  • —Louis Filler

First Known Use of elitist

1938


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elitist

adjective

Definition of elitist

:of or relating to elites or elitism: such as
a :giving special treatment and advantages to wealthy and powerful people
  • elitist colleges
  • an elitist country club
  • Cosmetic surgery is still mostly an elitist preoccupation …
  • —Toni Bentley
b :regarding other people as inferior because they lack power, wealth, or status : snobbish
  • an elitist snob
  • elitist classmates

First Known Use of elitist

1946


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