: 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
: 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
: giving special treatment and advantages to wealthy and powerful people
Cosmetic surgery is still mostly an elitist preoccupation …—Toni Bentley
: regarding other people as inferior because they lack power, wealth, or status : snobbish
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