intelligentsia love

Definitions

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

  • noun The intellectual elite of a society.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun an educated and intellectual{2} elite; intellectuals, collectively or considered as a class.

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  • noun The intellectual élite of a society (especially in nineteenth-century Poland, in Russia and later the Soviet Union).

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  • noun an educated and intellectual elite

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Russian intelligentsiya, from Latin intelligentia, intelligence, from intelligēns, intelligent-, intelligent; see intelligent.]

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From Russian интеллигенция (intelligéncija) or Polish inteligencja, from Latin intellegentia ("intelligence").

Examples

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  • There's an connotation to this word of futile oppositionism; I'm not entirely sure I'd use it for most groupings of intellectuals.

    December 10, 2006