Definition of intelligentsia in English:

intelligentsia

noun

usually the intelligentsia
  • treated as singular or plural Intellectuals or highly educated people as a group, especially when regarded as possessing culture and political influence.

    ‘a distrust of the intelligentsia and of theoretical learning’
    ‘the belief that the liberal intelligentsia is ruining the country’
    • ‘As it is known, dissidents started all this, then writers and creative intelligentsia joined us.’
    • ‘At the end of the war, the intelligentsia was greatly reduced in numbers.’
    • ‘They were followed by the intelligentsia and cultural élites.’
    • ‘The national movement parties were born from the dissident circles of Soviet intelligentsia.’
    • ‘That might be considered the view of the educated intelligentsia.’
    • ‘Only political leaders and the intelligentsia in the Arab countries were interviewed.’
    • ‘But those who have seen the film, from the intelligentsia, liked it very much.’
    • ‘So widespread are such sentiments amongst the liberal intelligentsia that it is surprising that there have not yet been mass conversions.’
    • ‘A disproportionately high number of signatories belonged to the intelligentsia or the officer corps.’
    • ‘What they got instead was the massacre of innocent people and the intelligentsia.’
    • ‘If it is done in a sophisticated enough manner, the intelligentsia will buy into it, and the people will follow.’
    • ‘This has alienated the intelligentsia, which is the government's natural ally in the battle against radicalism.’
    • ‘It also held great sway in the French and European intelligentsia.’
    • ‘Even the most liberal of the Russian intelligentsia speak of the distortion their minds still feel.’
    • ‘But it's not just the liberal intelligentsia whose understanding of military strategy has been found wanting.’
    • ‘The uprising of the intelligentsia has burst its banks.’
    • ‘The French intelligentsia was tested and largely found wanting.’
    • ‘This had a powerful influence on the Russian intelligentsia and society in general of that time.’
    • ‘A considerable portion of the intelligentsia has swung to the right.’
    • ‘That's why it has been praised by the French intelligentsia, who fear a no vote in the referendum.’
    intellectuals, intelligent people, academics, scholars, learned people, literati, culturati, men and women of letters, cognoscenti, illuminati, highbrows, bluestockings, thinkers, brains
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Origin

Early 20th century: from Russian intelligentsiya, from Polish inteligencja, from Latin intelligentia (see intelligence).

Pronunciation

intelligentsia

/ɪnˌtɛlɪˈdʒɛntsɪə/