(of a person or class of persons) considered superior by others or by themselves, as in intellect, talent, power, wealth, or position in society:
elitist country clubbers who have theirs and don’t care about anybody else.
catering to or associated with an elitist class, its ideologies, or its institutions:
Even at such a small, private college, Latin and Greek are under attack as too elitist.
a person having, thought to have, or professing superior intellect or talent, power, wealth, or membership in the upper echelons of society:
He lost a congressional race in Texas by being smeared as an Eastern elitist.
a person who believes in the superiority of an elitist class.
Contemporary Examples

Such would definitely seem to be the mindset in this most elitist of New York–centered industries, and anyone can see the results.
5 Ways to Fix Book Publishing Anis Shivani July 11, 2013

And just in case anyone missed her larger point about Obama, she went on to call the remarks “elitist and divisive.”
Hillary Was Right: Obama’s Inexperience Sank Gun Deal Stuart Stevens April 18, 2013

My poet friends, ensconced in their elitist New York hipster bubble, are clueless about my new look.
My Great Fake Bake Experiment Daniel Nester January 5, 2009

Established in 1904 by King Edward VII as an alternative to elitist Oxford and Cambridge, Leeds promised access to all.
“Perugia Is Not for the Weak” Barbie Latza Nadeau March 21, 2010

This whole “elitist” attack on Obama is bogus and has been from the beginning.
Obama’s $30,000 Getaway John Avlon July 28, 2009

Murdoch responded by calling the BBC “elitist,” and most of his newspapers have campaigned against it ever since.
Rupert Murdoch’s Battle With the BBC Peter Jukes March 25, 2012

I am forced to deal with my past again: am I elitist, as the media says?
So What If Sidwell’s Elitist? Liza Donnelly January 8, 2009

Even Sandro Bondi, the Italian culture minister, heavy-handedly entered the fray by attacking Tarantino’s judgment as “elitist.”
Sofia Coppola Plays It Cool Richard Porton December 19, 2010

It will only provide more fodder for the right wing, which will present it as a case of elitist social engineering.
Obama’s Desperate Gay Pander Lee Siegel February 1, 2010

Historical Examples

The aim was to immediately inherit the wealth and power accumulated by generations of elitist rule.
After the Rain Sam Vaknin


1950; see elite + -ist. The original examples were Freud, Nietzsche, and Carlyle.


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