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e·lit·ism

or é·lit·ism  (ĭ-lē′tĭz′əm, ā-lē′-)
n.
1. The belief that certain persons or members of certain groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their superiority, as in intelligence, social standing, or wealth.
2.
a. Behavior arising from or indicative of such a belief.
b. Control, rule, or domination by the members of an elite.

e·lit′ist adj. & n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elitist - someone who believes in rule by an elite group
mandarin - a member of an elite intellectual or cultural group
moralist - a philosopher who specializes in morals and moral problems
egalitarian, equalitarian - a person who believes in the equality of all people
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elitist

adjective
1. snobbish, exclusive, superior, arrogant, selective, pretentious, stuck-up (informal), patronizing, condescending, snooty (informal), uppity, high and mighty (informal), hoity-toity (informal), high-hat (informal, chiefly U.S.), uppish (Brit. informal) He described skiing as an elitist sport.
noun
1. snob, highbrow, prig, social climber He was an elitist who had no time for the masses.
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elitist

or élitist
adjective
Characteristic of or resembling a snob:
noun
One who despises people or things regarded as inferior, especially because of social or intellectual pretension:
Informal: snoot.
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Translations

elitist

[ɪˈliːtɪst]
A. ADJelitista
B. Nelitista mf
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elitist

[ɪˈliːtɪst]
adj [image] → élitiste; [attitude, ideas] → élitiste; [system, practice] → élitiste; [institution] → élitiste
n (= person) → élitiste mf
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

elitist

adjelitär
nelitär Denkende(r) mf; he’s an elitister denkt elitär
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élitist

[eɪˈliːtɪst] adjelitario/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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The global elitists seek to control and govern the masses.
He also said some priests were "elitists" who only serve wealthy people.
Let us ensure we preserve the independence of nation states like the UK, and don't allow Soros and the other greedy elitists to achieve their goal of a new world order controlled by them.
But in a passionate speech in favour of staying in, the former Liberal Democrat leader said the opposite was the case as he branded Brexiteers as "irresponsible, reckless elitists".
Another less condescending explanation is that the public favours these sorts of down-market entertainments specifically because elitists disfavour them.
David Cameron and his old Etonian chum Boris Johnson are classic elitists, make no mistake.
She feels that our country is losing its soul, and that "if we lose faith in God, it will be very difficult to keep faith with our duty to defend America, from without and within." If this book is any example, she is obviously not going to idly watch this country continue to be destroyed by the actions of the Left or liberal elitists. She states that this is no time for relativism.
So instead of trying to convince the American people that we should tear up our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and erase our national boundaries, these elitists instead advocate gradually entangling arrangements with other governments that would eventually submerge the United States in a regional government controlled by unelected bureaucrats of the elites' choosing.
As a faithful member of The Falls Church since 1982, I feel compelled to comment on your article ("Evangelical Elitists" by Ayelish McGarvey, December 2004).
Gifted children deserve better, and who else to champion their cause than a bunch of"elitists" who realize and accentuate an essential truth: Gifted children do exist, as they always have and always will, and to discount their presence and prominence in our society is to be the ultimate intellectual snob who would rather dismiss reality than face it.