View synonyms for elitist


[ ih-lee-tistey-lee ]


  1. (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.

  2. 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.


  1. 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.

  2. a person who believes in the superiority of an elitist class.
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Other Words From

  • anti·e·litist noun adjective
  • none·litist noun adjective
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Word History and Origins

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Example Sentences

Bates found an FBI agent who was less elitist and talked to him about trying to track the other ones — and, hopefully, the kidnappers themselves.

From Vox

In fact, the school has been criticized for allegedly being elitist and designed exclusively for the offspring of well-off digital nomads.

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She’s not like this high-up, elitist person that they try to portray her to be.

It is also a courageous book because it obliges Nemerov to indulge a discourse that some readers may find elitist.

Throughout the Senate campaign, Democrats primarily tried to cast Perdue as an out-of-touch elitist who had failed over his term to stay connected to regular voters.

From Vox

Amassing a collection of his own, moreover, might eventually ease his entrance into elitist scientific circles.

Her original statement caused an uproar from working mothers who argued Paltrow was out of touch and elitist.

In the 18th century, white was an elitist color, for example.

Dooley describes Broun as “very friendly, not at all elitist” and very, very conservative.

But this 1929 study of the modern world, his most famous book, struck me as hopelessly nostalgic and elitist.

Pragmatic requirements and anti-elitist political considerations collided with the literate model and a strange hybrid resulted.

Language is not an absolute democratic medium; literacy, with intrinsic elitist characteristics, even less.

The aim was to immediately inherit the wealth and power accumulated by generations of elitist rule.