Definition of intelligentsia in English:



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

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