- (of a person or class of persons) considered superior by others or by themselves, as in intellect, talent, power, wealth, or position in society: elitist country clubbers who have theirs and don't care about anybody else.
- catering to or associated with an elitist class, its ideologies, or its institutions: Even at such a small, private college, Latin and Greek are under attack as too elitist.
- a person having, thought to have, or professing superior intellect or talent, power, wealth, or membership in the upper echelons of society: He lost a congressional race in Texas by being smeared as an Eastern elitist.
- a person who believes in the superiority of an elitist class.
Origin of elitist
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Her original statement caused an uproar from working mothers who argued Paltrow was out of touch and elitist.Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring Worth £300,000; Gwyneth Palrow Tries "Ending the Mommy Wars"
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In the 18th century, white was an elitist color, for example.Here Comes the Bride…In Flaming Red: Two Centuries of Colorful Wedding Dresses
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Dooley describes Broun as “very friendly, not at all elitist” and very, very conservative.The Senate Candidate Who Wants to Give You an AR-15
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But this 1929 study of the modern world, his most famous book, struck me as hopelessly nostalgic and elitist.The Smartest Book About Our Digital Age Was Published in 1929
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The aim was to immediately inherit the wealth and power accumulated by generations of elitist rule.After the Rain
Word Origin and History for elitist
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