Elitist is another word for snob. If you wear only the finest silk suits, expect caviar at every meal, and refuse to speak to anyone who doesn't have a PhD, then you might be an elitist.

A fairly recent addition to the English language, the noun elitist, came about from a mix of elite + ist in 1950. Carlyle, Freud, and Nietzsche were all considered to be the original elitists. Elite, from which elitist was formed, evolved much earlier, in 1823, from the French élite, meaning “selection, choice.” Synonyms for elitist include highbrow, pompous person, social climber, and stuffed shirt.

Definitions of elitist
  1. noun
    one who is biased in favor of those with high status
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    type of:
    prig, snob, snoot, snot
    a person regarded as arrogant and annoying
  2. noun
    someone who believes in rule by an elite group
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    egalitarian, equalitarian
    a person who believes in the equality of all people
    a member of an elite intellectual or cultural group
    type of:
    a philosopher who specializes in morals and moral problems
  3. adjective
    befitting or characteristic of those who incline to social exclusiveness and who rebuff the advances of people considered inferior
    synonyms: clannish, cliquish, clubby, snobbish, snobby
    confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy
  4. adjective
    favoring those who have wealth or high status
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