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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The belief that certain persons or members of certain groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their superiority, as in intelligence, social standing, or wealth.
  • noun Behavior arising from or indicative of such a belief.
  • noun Control, rule, or domination by the members of an elite.

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  • noun The belief that a society or system should be run by an elite.
  • noun The superior attitude or behaviour associated with an elite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the attitude that society should be governed by an elite group of individuals

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