Definition of elitism in English:

elitism

Line breaks: elit¦ism
Pronunciation: /eɪˈliːtɪz(ə)m
 
, ɪ-/

noun

[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?

Derivatives

elitist

adjective & noun

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