Elitism definition and meaning

Elitism definition: Elitism is the quality or practice of being elitist. | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples

Definition of ’elitism’

Word Frequency


elitism


(


ɪl

i

tɪzəm




,

eɪ-



)


uncountable noun


Elitism

is the quality or practice of being elitist.


It became difficult to promote conventional ideas of excellence without being instantly
accused of elitism.


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elitism

Word Frequency


elitism


in American English


(


ɪlitˌɪzəm




;

eɪˈlitˌɪzəm



)


noun


1.

government or control by an elite


2.


advocacy

of control by, or

privileges

for, an elite


3.

the

fact

of

sensing

or

believing

that one is a member of an elite
Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Word Frequency


elitism


in American English


(


ɪˈlitɪzəm



,

eiˈli-


)


noun


1.

practice of or belief in

rule

by an elite


2.

consciousness of or pride in belonging to a select or favored group
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Derived forms


elitist


noun


or


adjective

Word origin


[

1950–55;

elite

+

-ism


]

Word Frequency


elitism


in British English


(


ɪˈliːtɪzəm




,

eɪ-


)


noun


1.


a.


b.

such government


2.


pride

in or awareness of being one of an

elite

group

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Derived forms



elitist


(

eˈlitist

)


adjective


,


noun

Examples of ‘elitism’ in a sentence

elitism


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But the horsey

sports

and the horsey world are no more about social elitism than

football

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2012

)


There is a

difference

between

excellence

and elitism.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2008

)


Does he

want

to

stamp

out elitism or

promote

excellence?


Times, Sunday Times



(

2009

)


There’s a

perceived

elitism and something

aloof

about him.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2008

)


Their results

remain


strong

; their

ethos

is

unchanged

minus the old social elitism; and

none

of them would

think

of

going

back.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2012

)

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elitism

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In other languages

elitism


British English

:


elitism


NOUN

/

ɪˈliːtɪzəm

/


Elitism

is the quality or practice of being elitist.
Will severe selection standards create elitism and threaten the Olympic ethic of participation?


American English

:


elitism


ɪˈlitɪzəm, eɪ-

/


Brazilian Portuguese

:

elitismo


Chinese

:

精英主义


European Spanish

:


elitismo


French

:


élitisme


German

:

Elitismus


Italian

:

elitismo


Japanese

:

エリート主義


Korean

:

엘리트주의


European Portuguese

:


elitismo


Spanish

:


elitismo


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elitism

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