Adjective "elitist" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or supporting the view that a society or system should be led by an elite.
  1. 'the image of polo as an elitist sport'
  2. 'The irony is that the official programme is not particularly elitist, either in terms of classical art forms or cutting-edge postmodernism.'
  3. 'Is his doctrine too precious and elitist to be of real use?'
  4. 'Indeed, there are schools in other regions which are openly elitist.'
  5. 'The labor history in this book will be as institutional and elitist as the rest of it.'
  6. 'Nineteenth century liberalism, with its emphasis on equality before the law, was therefore elitist and conservative.'
  7. 'You may want to think of the fair as like an elitist high-society dinner party where certain guests don't want to be seated next to certain other guests.'
  8. 'But not everyone is in love with hip-hop, or the elitist, only-cool-when-nobody-likes-you sensibilities of garage rock.'
  9. 'There was a time when success was considered elitist and mediocrity was the norm.'
  10. 'Despite the obvious appeal such elitist and exclusionary tactics lend to the club, it's sort of a shame.'
  11. 'At the core of the crisis is the fact that many of our doctors are out of touch and elitist.'


A person who believes that a society or system should be led by an elite.
  1. 'He had become a jazz elitist who played with the best and demanded the best in himself.'
  2. 'You're a man of the people and I'm a snob and an elitist.'
  3. 'Forget what the guilty rich elitists are selling you to keep you voting in their corner, and make up your own mind.'
  4. 'The old snobberies of rock purists and classical elitists make less and less sense now.'
  5. 'Then again, perhaps we were just a bunch of chardonnay-swilling elitists totally out of touch with middle Australia.'


1. (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.

2. 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. noun

3. a person having, thought to have, or professing superior intellect or ta

More examples(as adjective)

"systems can be elitist."

"styles can be elitist."

"processes can be elitist."

"attitudes can be elitist."