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intelligentsia Line breaks: in|tel¦li|gent¦sia
Pronunciation: /ɪnˌtɛlɪˈdʒɛntsɪə/

Definition of intelligentsia in English:


[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 country
More 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.
the intelligent
informal eggheads
British informal boffins


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

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