What does Intelligentsia mean?

Definitions for Intelligentsia
ɪnˌtɛl ɪˈdʒɛnt si ə, -ˈgɛnt-in·tel·li·gentsi·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intelligentsia, clerisynoun

    an educated and intellectual elite

GCIDE

  1. intelligentsianoun

    an educated and intellectual elite; intellectuals, collectively or considered as a class.

Wiktionary

  1. intelligentsianoun

    The intellectual élite of a society (especially in nineteenth-century Poland, in Russia and later the Soviet Union).

  2. Etymology: From интеллигенция or inteligencja, from intellegentia.

Wikipedia

  1. Intelligentsia

    The intelligentsia is a status class composed of the university-educated people of a society who engage in the complex mental labours by which they critique, shape, and lead in the politics, policies, and culture of their society; as such, the intelligentsia consists of scholars, academics, teachers, journalists, and literary writers.Conceptually, the intelligentsia status class arose in the late 18th century, during the Partitions of Poland (1772–1795). Etymologically, the 19th-century Polish intellectual Bronisław Trentowski coined the term inteligencja (intellectuals) to identify and describe the university-educated and professionally active social stratum of the patriotic bourgeoisie; men and women whose intellectualism would provide moral and political leadership to Poland in opposing the cultural hegemony of the Russian Empire.In pre–Revolutionary (1917) Russia, the term intelligentsiya (Russian: интеллигенция) identified and described the status class of university-educated people whose cultural capital — schooling, education, and intellectual enlightenment — allowed them to assume the moral initiative and the practical leadership required in the national, regional, and local politics of Russia.In practice, the status and social function of the intelligentsia varied by society; in eastern Europe, the intellectuals were at the periphery of their societies, and thus were deprived of political influence and access to the effective levers of political power and of economic development. In western Europe the intellectuals were in the mainstream of their societies, and thus exercised cultural and political influence that granted access to the power of government office, such as the Bildungsbürgertum, the cultured bourgeoisie of Germany, and the professions in Great Britain.

ChatGPT

  1. intelligentsia

    Intelligentsia refers to a social class of people engaged in complex mental and creative labor directed to the development and dissemination of culture, encompassing intellectuals and social groups close to them. This group typically consists of members who have been highly educated at universities and are deeply involved in shaping cultural, political, and social aspects of society such as scholars, teachers, writers, artists, and scientists. The term usually implies a critical and progressive or dissenting outlook, as opposed to the conservative or state-supporting establishment intelligentsia.

Wikidata

  1. Intelligentsia

    The intelligentsia is a social class of people engaged in complex mental labour aimed at disseminating culture. This therefore might include everyone from artists to school teachers and book readers. The term was first used in pre-revolutionary Russia to describe people possessing cultural and political initiative. But it was commonly used by those individuals themselves to create an apparent distance from the masses, and generally retained that narrow self-definition. More recently the term mass intelligentsia has been popularized to describe the intellectual effect of tertiary education upon a population. See the mass intelligentsia section below.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Intelligentsia in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Intelligentsia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Intelligentsia in a Sentence

  1. G.K. Chesterton:

    A large section of the intelligentsia seems wholly devoid of intelligence.

  2. Leon Trotsky:

    If the Revolution has the right to destroy bridges and art monuments whenever necessary, it will stop still less from laying its hand on any tendency in art which, no matter how great its achievement in form, threatens to disintegrate the revolutionary environment or to arouse the internal forces of the Revolution, that is, the proletariat, the peasantry and the intelligentsia, to a hostile opposition to one another. Our standard is, clearly, political, imperative and intolerant.

  3. Darren Beattie:

    In 2016 I attended the Mencken conference in question and delivered a stand-alone, academic talk titled' The Intelligentsia and the Right.' I said nothing objectionable and stand by my remarks completely, it was the honor of my life to serve in the Trump Administration. I love President Trump, who is a fearless American hero, and continue to support him one hundred percent. I have no further comment.

  4. Andrei Soldatov:

    If you take the Moscow liberal intelligentsia, and of course, I’m talking only about the people I know and I know of, I would say that maybe 70% left. It’s journalists, it’s people from universities, sometimes schools, artists, people who have clubs and [foundations] in Moscow that got closed down.

  5. Darren Beattie:

    In 2016 I attended the Mencken conference in question and delivered a stand-alone, academic talk titled' The Intelligentsia and the Right.' I said nothing objectionable and stand by my remarks completely, it was the honor of my life to serve in the Trump Administration. I love President Donald Trump, who is a fearless American hero, and continue to support him one hundred percent. I have no further comment.

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