Intelligentsia Definition

ĭn-tĕlə-jĕntsē-ə, -gĕnt-
Those persons regarded as, or regarding themselves as, the educated and enlightened class; intellectuals collectively.
Webster's New World
The intellectual elite of a society.
American Heritage

Origin of Intelligentsia

  • Russian intelligentsiya from Latin intelligentia intelligence from intelligēns intelligent- intelligent intelligent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Russian интеллигенция (intelligéncija) or Polish inteligencja, from Latin intellegentia (“intelligence”).

    From Wiktionary

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