Definition of Intelligentsia

1. Noun. An educated and intellectual elite.

Exact synonyms: Clerisy
Generic synonyms: Elite, Elite Group
Specialized synonyms: Culturati, Literati



Definition of Intelligentsia

1. Noun. The intellectual élite of a society (especially in nineteenth-century Poland, in Russia and later the Soviet Union). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Intelligentsia

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Intelligentsia

intelligencers
intelligences
intelligencies
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intelligency
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intelligent life
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intelligent systems
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intelligentially
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intelligentsia (current term)
intelligentsias
intelligibility
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intemperance
intemperances
intemperancy
intemperant
intemperate
intemperately

Literary usage of Intelligentsia

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Russia of the Russians by Harold Williams (1915)
"An " intelligent," or member of the intelligentsia, is not merely an ... There are points of resemblance between the Russian intelligentsia and the literary ..."

2. A Providential Anti-Semitism: Nationalism and Polity in Nineteenth Century by William O. Oldson (1991)
"For the intelligentsia this prejudice against the Jewish community became more highly denned and identified with the essence of Romanian culture and ..."

3. The Birth of the Russian Democracy by Arkady Joseph Sack (1918)
"Nicholas I, seeing that the intellectuals, the so-called "intelligentsia," were becoming more and more imbued with revolutionary ideas, decided to adopt ..."

4. Russia in Upheaval by Edward Alsworth Ross (1918)
"This intelligentsia was recruited from two classes —the "repentant noblemen" and the ... Deride as he might the social utopianism of the intelligentsia, ..."

5. Books in General by John Collings Squire (1921)
"The Tastes of the American intelligentsia THE American publishers have, in the past, not been very enterprising about cheap series of books. ..."

6. Vital Forces in Current Events: Readings on Present-day Affairs from by Morris Edmund Speare (1920)
"It was due to the cunning precautions and scrupulous watchfulness of a " scientific " bureaucracy that no coalition between the intelligentsia and the ..."

7. The Modern Uzbeks: From the Fourteenth Century to the Present : a Cultural by Edward Allworth (1990)
"... amplify the range of thought narrowed by ideologists during the decades 1925-1955. The first gathering of Uzbekistan's intelligentsia organized after ..."

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