One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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, brainsView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘This had a powerful influence on the Russian intelligentsia and society in general of that time.’
- ‘That might be considered the view of the educated intelligentsia.’
- ‘The uprising of the intelligentsia has burst its banks.’
- ‘That's why it has been praised by the French intelligentsia, who fear a no vote in the referendum.’
- ‘What they got instead was the massacre of innocent people and the intelligentsia.’
- ‘So widespread are such sentiments amongst the liberal intelligentsia that it is surprising that there have not yet been mass conversions.’
- ‘Only political leaders and the intelligentsia in the Arab countries were interviewed.’
- ‘The national movement parties were born from the dissident circles of Soviet intelligentsia.’
- ‘If it is done in a sophisticated enough manner, the intelligentsia will buy into it, and the people will follow.’
- ‘They were followed by the intelligentsia and cultural élites.’
- ‘A considerable portion of the intelligentsia has swung to the right.’
- ‘But those who have seen the film, from the intelligentsia, liked it very much.’
- ‘It also held great sway in the French and European intelligentsia.’
- ‘The French intelligentsia was tested and largely found wanting.’
- ‘A disproportionately high number of signatories belonged to the intelligentsia or the officer corps.’
- ‘This has alienated the intelligentsia, which is the government's natural ally in the battle against radicalism.’
- ‘But it's not just the liberal intelligentsia whose understanding of military strategy has been found wanting.’
- ‘At the end of the war, the intelligentsia was greatly reduced in numbers.’
Early 20th century: from Russian intelligentsiya, from Polish inteligencja, from Latin intelligentia (see intelligence).
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