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
Recent Examples of intelligentsia from the Web
Over the years, and especially since 2010, the conservative movement intelligentsia has expended a great deal of energy on developing alternatives to Obamacare.
Her days as the farmer’s daughter, a lone voice heckling the East Coast intelligentsia from the sticks, were over.
Many in China’s intelligentsia reject the idea that an ancient strain of Chinese culture that focuses on the immediate family explains modern tragedies like Zhumadian.
The combination of his pre-pitch toe-tap and pre-trigger leg kick has irritated the technical sensibilities of baseball intelligentsia.
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.
Now's the time prospective presidential candidates start taking the subtle but crucial behind-the-scenes steps that get them noticed by the political intelligentsia, and Sen. Kamala Harris is quietly following the script.
The intelligentsia, for the most part, applauded Coleman’s daring.
Igor Shafarevich’s political writings were at first in sync with the anti-Soviet sentiments of the 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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