from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources.
- n. The sense of entitlement enjoyed by such a group or class.
- n. Control, rule, or domination by such a group or class.
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- n. The belief that a society or system should be run by an elite.
- n. The superior attitude or behaviour associated with an elite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the attitude that society should be governed by an elite group of individuals
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The weakest link in elitism is how we could decide who is elite.
If liberal elitism is code for educated and intellectually curious then I will take that label all day long.
The word "elitism" has become increasingly muddied in recent years because of its association with the class system, claimed Tony Little.
Your ignorance and elitism is on full display if you think I'm summarily dismissing science as a whole by questioning AGW/CC.
The appearance of elitism comes from a sense that the president's team "just doesn't get it," that they are insensitive to the plight of ordinary Americans.
With my recent piece in Cato Unbound, several people have questioned whether my elitism is consistent with libertarianism.
Unless we can find who should be regarded as elite, elitism is a bubble.
And I do not subscribe to the belief that this is simply elitism from the artmarket preventing "ordinary" people from reaping their just rewards.
Not saying that racism does not exist, that elitism is dead, etc, but argument without quarrel needs to be possible and the racial slur mitigates that option. jurgen blandet
Rampant elitism is irritating, whether from the Left or Right.