WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
e•lit•ism  (i lētiz əm, ā lē-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. practice of or belief in rule by an elite.
  2. consciousness of or pride in belonging to a select or favored group.
e•litist, n., adj. 
  • elite + -ism 1950–55


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

elitism /ɪˈliːtɪzəm eɪ-/ n
  1. the belief that society should be governed by a select group of gifted and highly educated individuals
  2. such government
  3. pride in or awareness of being one of an elite group

eˈlitist adj , n



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