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intelligentsia

in·tel·li·gent·si·a

intelligentsia

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn te l jen si
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part of speech: noun
definition: the elite class of intellectual or educated people within a society, or those who consider themselves part of such a class.
The new art form caught on quickly with many members of the intelligentsia, but it was too radical for more general acceptance.The government was suspicious of the intelligentsia, believing it to be the source of revolutionary ideas.
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