elitism elitism  /ˈɛ lɪ ˌtɪ zəm/

Definition(s):

  • (n) the attitude that society should be governed by an elite group of individuals

Usage(s):

  1. As a result, people sense an elitism in the term, and resent it.
  2. Down with elitism, up with the vox-pop website.
  3. As for Obama's elitism, it is evident else where but I give him credit for making genuine efforts despite the apparent elitism in his persona.

News

  1. It's your turn to be a CNN boss

    We journalists tend to think of ourselves as public servants, but we sure don't act like it all the time. The institution has one foot firmly planted in elitism: Editors know what you need to know before you know you need to know it. It would be foolish to think that -- gasp! -- the public could help decide what matters.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: CNN

  2. Oysters, Beer and Cash

    Grilling for the hungry hordes at the Oyster Festival. When organizers of Arcata's Oyster Festival announced they would charge a $10 admission fee this year, people went bonkers. "Elitism!" was the cry du jour.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: The North Coast Journal

Quotes

  1. A McCain adviser accused Obama of "elitism and condescension."
    on Apr 11, 2008 By: John McCain Source: FOXNews

  2. Leno adds, "Before George, comedians aspired to put on nice suits and perform in Las Vegas. George rebelled against that life. His comedy took on privilege and elitism, even railing against the game of golf. He never lost that fire. May he continue...
    on Jun 23, 2008 By: Jay Leno Source: Showbiz Spy

  3. Addressing the wider immigration debate, Mr Brown added: "I have never agreed with the lazy elitism that dismisses immigration as an issue, or portrays anyone who has concerns about immigration as a racist. Immigration is not an issue for fringe...
    on Nov 12, 2009 By: Gordon Brown Source: BBC News

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