- intellectuals considered as a group or class, especially as a cultural, social, or political elite.
Origin of intelligentsia
Examples from the Web for intelligentsia
She certainly knows how to court the intelligentsia; they rhapsodize when anyone says, “On the one hand, but on the other hand.”Here's How to Dig Out of This 'Stupid Sh*t' U.S. Foreign Policy
Leslie H. Gelb
August 13, 2014
In the morning, join the intelligentsia at Cafe Pamplona, a European-style coffeehouse, also by Harvard Square.The U.S. Road Trips You Should Really Take
April 26, 2014
The urban gentry and intelligentsia, though, disdained this voluntary migration.The Triumph of Suburbia: Despite Downtown Hype, Americans Choose Sprawl
April 29, 2013
The liberals and the intelligentsia in Pakistan have been impressive through these difficult days.After Malala Yousafzai Shooting, Can Shock Therapy Free Pakistan?
October 12, 2012
Lev, the son of a Moscow intelligentsia family, was luckier than the fictional Ivan Denisovich.‘Just Send Me Word’ by Orlando Figes: Life and Love in the Gulag
June 10, 2012
In this way he saved a great many of the Dalmatian intelligentsia.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1
The intelligentsia rushed to the rescue with highbrow hue and cry.Bizarre
But the Balkan has no intelligentsia in the Russian or even American sense.After the Rain
But the intelligentsia, by 1885, had been pretty well convinced.The Antichrist
F. W. Nietzsche
We both belong to what the Russians call the Intelligentsia.The Research Magnificent
H. G. Wells
- the intelligentsia the educated or intellectual people in a society or community
Word Origin and History for intelligentsia
"the intellectual class collectively," 1905, from Russian intelligyentsia, from Latin intelligentia (see intelligence). Perhaps via Italian intelligenzia.
Intellectuals who form an artistic, social, or political vanguard or elite.