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elitist

adjective uk   /ɪˈliː.tɪst/ mainly disapproving us  
organized for the good of a few people who have special interests or abilities: Many remember sport at school as elitist, focusing only on those who were good at it.
elitism
noun [U] uk   /-tɪ.zəm/ mainly disapproving us  
the quality of being elitist: The accusation of elitism seems unfair as the festival presents a wide range of music, with something to please everyone.

elitist

noun [C] uk   /ɪˈliː.tɪst/ mainly disapproving us  
someone who believes that some things should be controlled or owned only by the richest or best educated people: They were elitists who had a contempt for popular politics.
Translations of “elitist”
in Chinese (Traditional) 精英統治, 精英主義…
in Chinese (Simplified) 精英统治, 精英主义…
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