Definition of elitist in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlēdəst/


1Relating to or supporting the view that a society or system should be led by an elite: older men with an elitist attitude about music the image of polo as an elitist sport
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  • Indeed, there are schools in other regions which are openly elitist.
  • The irony is that the official programme is not particularly elitist, either in terms of classical art forms or cutting-edge postmodernism.
  • Western as well as Eastern cultures are deeply elitist.
1.1Demonstrating a superior attitude or behavior associated with an elite: some that say he is a spoiled, elitist snob
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  • They are at war with a liberal, elitist mainstream press.
  • Many individuals, members of Congress, political leaders, and the news media showed its true racist and elitist nature.
  • The organization has again managed to avoid allowing transparency and accountability into its secret and elitist decision-making.


A person who believes that a society or system should be led by an elite: critics portray him as an out-of-touch elitist
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  • He remains an elitist, a technocrat, a bourgeois.
  • One spin of this DVD will make believers out of skeptics; music elitists be damned.
  • Then again, perhaps we were just a bunch of chardonnay-swilling elitists totally out of touch with middle Australia.

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Syllabification: e·lit·ist

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