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intelligentsia

Syllabification: in·tel·li·gent·si·a
Pronunciation: /inˌteləˈjen(t)sēə
 
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Definition of intelligentsia in English:

noun

(usually the intelligentsia) [treated as singular or plural]
Intellectuals or highly educated people as a group, especially when regarded as possessing culture and political influence.
Example sentences
  • They were followed by the intelligentsia and cultural élites.
  • Only political leaders and the intelligentsia in the Arab countries were interviewed.
  • A disproportionately high number of signatories belonged to the intelligentsia or the officer corps.
Synonyms
intellectuals, intelligent people, academics, scholars, literati, cognoscenti, illuminati, highbrows, thinkers, brains;
intelligent
informal eggheads

Origin

early 20th century: from Russian intelligentsiya, from Polish inteligencja, from Latin intelligentia (see intelligence).

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