Etymology
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intelligentsia (n.)

"the intellectual class collectively," 1905, from Russian intelligyentsiya, from Latin intelligentia "intelligence" (see intelligence). Perhaps via Italian intelligenzia.

updated on December 13, 2015

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Definitions of intelligentsia from WordNet

intelligentsia (n.)
an educated and intellectual elite;
Synonyms: clerisy
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