Definition of elitism noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    elitism

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ɪˈlit̮ɪzəm//
     
    , NAmE//eɪˈlit̮ɪzəm//
     
    [uncountable](often disapproving)
     
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  1. 1 a way of organizing a system, society, etc. so that only a few people (an elite ) have power or influence Many people believe that private education encourages elitism.
  2. 2the feeling of being better than other people that being part of an elite encourages
NAmE//ɪˈlit̮ɪst//
 
, NAmE//eɪˈlit̮ɪst//
 
adjective an elitist model of society Universities are becoming far less elitist. She accused him of being elitist.
 
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