elitism

[ih-lee-tiz-uh m, ey-lee-]
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noun

practice of or belief in rule by an elite.
consciousness of or pride in belonging to a select or favored group.

Nearby words

  1. elisia,
  2. elision,
  3. elisor,
  4. elissa,
  5. elite,
  6. elitist,
  7. elix.,
  8. elixir,
  9. eliz.,
  10. eliza

Origin of elitism

First recorded in 1950–55; elite + -ism

Related formse·lit·ist, noun, adjectivean·ti·e·lit·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for elitism

elitism

noun

  1. the belief that society should be governed by a select group of gifted and highly educated individuals
  2. such government
pride in or awareness of being one of an elite group
Derived Formselitist, adjective, noun

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Word Origin and History for elitism

elitism

n.

1951; see elite + -ism.

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