Definition of intelligentsia
: intellectuals who form an artistic, social, or political vanguard or elite
Examples of intelligentsia in a Sentence
a presidential candidate who was the darling of the intelligentsia—and very few others
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Over the past several months, the transformation of Mexico’s greatest architect into a diamond had gone from cocktail-party fodder among the local intelligentsia to national controversy.
The working and middle class find common cause, along with the unions, military, and intelligentsia.
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Origin and Etymology of intelligentsia
Russian intelligentsiya, from Latin intelligentia intelligence
First Known Use: 1905See Words from the same year
INTELLIGENTSIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intelligentsia for English Language Learners
: a group of intelligent and well-educated people who guide or try to guide the political, artistic, or social development of their society
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