Definition of "elitism" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • The sense of entitlement enjoyed by such a group or class. (noun)
  • Control, rule, or domination by such a group or class. (noun)
  • The belief that society should be governed by a select group of gifted and highly educated individuals (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Such government (noun)
  • Pride in or awareness of being one of an elite group (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "elitism" in a sentence
  • "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."