Meaning of “elitist” in the English Dictionary

"elitist" in British English

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uk /iˈliː.tɪst/ us /iˈliː.tɪst/ mainly disapproving
noun [ U ] uk /iˈliː.tɪ.zəm/ us /iˈliː.tɪ.zəm/ mainly disapproving

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.

elitistnoun [ C ]

uk /iˈliː.tɪst/ us /iˈliː.tɪst/ mainly disapproving

(Definition of “elitist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"elitist" in American English

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us /ɪˈlit̬·ɪst/ often disapproving

characteristic of the elite, and esp. not caring about the interests or values of ordinary people:

He denounced the plan as impracticable and elitist.

(Definition of “elitist” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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