noun[treated as singular or plural] (usually the intelligentsia)
- Intellectuals or highly educated people as a group, especially when regarded as possessing culture and political influence: a distrust of the intelligentsia and of theoretical learning the belief that the liberal intelligentsia is ruining the countryMore 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.
early 20th century: from Russian intelligentsiya, from Polish inteligencja, from Latin intelligentia (see intelligence).