Definition of elitism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈliːtɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
1The belief that a society or system should be led by an elite: local government in the nineteenth century was the very essence of elitism
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  • But the elitism and the populism in this claim are less far apart than they might seem.
  • The spirit of American democracy is opposed to elitism.
  • It is also expected to speed up the reform of a judiciary that is dominated by elitism and conservatism.
1.1The dominance of a society or system by an elite.
1.2The superior attitude or behaviour associated with an elite: he accused her of racism and white elitism
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  • The elitism often associated with opera seems to have become more pronounced in the last hundred years, with ticket prices being a possible contributory factor.
  • If this is the case, then the future for the modern idea of the university and its associated elitism looks bleak.
  • It is clear that your hate is founded in your arrogant elitism and your rank racism… I love you liberals… or is it communists?

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