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nounusually the intelligentsia
[treated as singular or plural] Intellectuals or highly educated people as a group, especially when regarded as possessing culture and political influence.
intellectuals, intelligent people, academics, scholars, learned people, literati, culturati, men and women of letters, cognoscenti, illuminati, highbrows, bluestockings, thinkers, brainsthe intelligenteggheadsboffinsView synonyms
- ‘A considerable portion of the intelligentsia has swung to the right.’
- ‘They were followed by the intelligentsia and cultural élites.’
- ‘What they got instead was the massacre of innocent people and the intelligentsia.’
- ‘As it is known, dissidents started all this, then writers and creative intelligentsia joined us.’
- ‘That's why it has been praised by the French intelligentsia, who fear a no vote in the referendum.’
- ‘So widespread are such sentiments amongst the liberal intelligentsia that it is surprising that there have not yet been mass conversions.’
- ‘At the end of the war, the intelligentsia was greatly reduced in numbers.’
- ‘If it is done in a sophisticated enough manner, the intelligentsia will buy into it, and the people will follow.’
- ‘That might be considered the view of the educated intelligentsia.’
- ‘The uprising of the intelligentsia has burst its banks.’
- ‘Even the most liberal of the Russian intelligentsia speak of the distortion their minds still feel.’
- ‘Only political leaders and the intelligentsia in the Arab countries were interviewed.’
- ‘It also held great sway in the French and European intelligentsia.’
- ‘The national movement parties were born from the dissident circles of Soviet intelligentsia.’
- ‘This has alienated the intelligentsia, which is the government's natural ally in the battle against radicalism.’
- ‘A disproportionately high number of signatories belonged to the intelligentsia or the officer corps.’
- ‘This had a powerful influence on the Russian intelligentsia and society in general of that time.’
- ‘The French intelligentsia was tested and largely found wanting.’
- ‘But those who have seen the film, from the intelligentsia, liked it very much.’
- ‘But it's not just the liberal intelligentsia whose understanding of military strategy has been found wanting.’
Early 20th century: from Russian intelligentsiya, from Polish inteligencja, from Latin intelligentia (see intelligence).
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