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elite/crack troops (=the best, most skilled or most experienced troops)
▪ The general's headquarters is guarded by crack troops.
▪ Post-war organization theory develops the democratic elitist account to accord a much more substantive policy role to administrative elites.
▪ The rise of the Carron de Saint-Thomas clan offers a generalized illustration of how the Savoyard administrative elite developed at this time.
▪ Instrumentalists regard administrative elites as simply functionaries who make policy according to the rational interests of the capitalist class.
▪ Elected governments and administrative elites are passive functionaries who simply facilitate the bargains struck by the functional elites.
▪ The decentralization imperative implicit in factoring problems runs into the co-ordination imperative felt keenly by the executive political and administrative elite.
▪ Space programmes also highlight contrasts in administrative and managerial elites.
▪ There is also a much closer interconnection than in Britain between political elites and administrative elites within the state.
▪ Most of those who can are either white or among the new black elite.
▪ His philosophy of pragmatic capitalism and backslapping politics were viciously attacked by members of the Northern black elite.
▪ In fact, for both economic and cultural reasons, elite Western workers are often better left behind these days.
▪ The Western economic elite has always been a small class and continues so to this day.
▪ The research will concentrate particularly on the changing role of the city's political and economic elites.
▪ The drug mafia have become a new economic elite, beyond government control.
▪ In each election its percentage of the vote has risen despite vicious opposition from the economic elites and the mainstream media.
▪ The absence of alternation also has consequences for the governing elite.
▪ For him, regulationism meant adherence to the values and ordered hierarchy of the governing elite as much as to sanitary reform.
▪ The opposition mostly represents the upper-middle class and intellectual elite.
▪ In this area, change is very slow, and is confined almost entirely to the intellectual elite.
▪ The source of objective legal rules thus appears to be the fully developed rationality of the intellectual elites of different nations.
▪ It goes either to local elites or for export to more affluent societies.
▪ Imperial governments created a new elite of natives and invested them with the power of their language of administration and justice.
▪ Bankers and the new elite were threatened by bankruptcy.
▪ The drug mafia have become a new economic elite, beyond government control.
▪ Most of those who can are either white or among the new black elite.
▪ He wanted to cover himself with glory, and what better way than getting accepted by this new elite.
▪ Your Internet wanderings will reveal that cyber savers are the new elite, benefiting from superior rates.
▪ With the arrival of self-made tycoons such as Stagecoach's Brian Souter, the sway of the old elite may be diminishing.
▪ In any case, Weber is not very much concerned about the absence of popular control over the political elites.
▪ Well-informed, experienced political elites have made little or no progress solving any of these problems.
▪ The research will concentrate particularly on the changing role of the city's political and economic elites.
▪ The decentralization imperative implicit in factoring problems runs into the co-ordination imperative felt keenly by the executive political and administrative elite.
▪ The apparently untidy structure of the machinery of government, and its constant alteration, reflect the objectives of the political elites.
▪ Such an approach may have become more widespread among the Soviet political elite since the death of Brezhnev.
▪ This will propel her into the political elite and could make her the most likely leftwing candidate for president in 2006.
▪ After his speech the night before in the Academy, Brown had become an extremely unpopular figure amongst the ruling elite.
▪ This freedom did not necessarily find expression in forms which were in conflict with the ruling patrician elite.
▪ One example can be found in the response of ruling groups and elites to the student movement of the 1960s.
▪ Have they become a ruling elite or even a new ruling class?
▪ He had travelled across the city from the suburbs to the apartments of the ruling elite.
▪ In the Ormansag there is now a small wealthy elite, but everybody else is poor.
▪ The group approach explicitly rejects the notion that a small elite dominates the resource allocation process.
▪ There is also a huge gulf between the small educated elite and ordinary Gypsies.
▪ In short, the attitudes of both the social elite and the labor movement have served to hinder economic growth.
▪ What was the exact nature of the social and political elite that dominated state and society at this time?
▪ This seems a clear example of his allegiance to popular dissent against the Church and social elite who supported the Restoration.
▪ Higher level administrators are the relatives and friends of business and social elites.
▪ It is not a separate corporate body distinct from the dominant social elites.
▪ Party conferences were theatrical productions frequented by a social elite of fashion designers, architects, financiers and intellectuals.
▪ The poem stylistically asserts its participation in high literary culture, a culture by the 1670s unquestionably associated with a social elite.
▪ The leaderships of political parties are both social elites and state elites.
▪ After 10 years, the cocaine trade has joined, and to some extent displaced, the traditional elite class.
▪ In the name of economic liberalism, the Thatcher governments made war on traditional institutions and traditional elites.
▪ Neo-elitists such as Bachrach and Wright share with traditional elite theoreticians a concern to demonstrate the real persistence of elites in modern society.
▪ Infected rates are high among urban elites as well as among the poor and underprivileged.
▪ Political power is inversely correlated with economic productivity. Urban elites are economically parasitic but politically dominant.
▪ In the great majority of developing countries, such urban elites spearheaded the fight against the colonizing power.
▪ Hotel Okura Tokyo Where the business elite meet in Tokyo.
▪ Significantly, this new prosperity is not confined to the business elite or even the emerging middle class.
▪ By this point, the council had initiated the first of several large redevelopment projects proposed by the business elite.
▪ However, unlike Mills they see professional groups as losing their power and influence rather than as joining the power elite.
▪ He joins that elite group of Town stalwarts at a time when his future is uncertain.
▪ But, once established, the service class is extremely effective in ensuring that its offspring also joins this elite.
▪ If there were ever an illustration of an effete ruling elite, it is this.
▪ But Arkan's most dangerous enemies were those in the ruling elite.
▪ There were no heroes and heroines to persecute, no ruling elite and no mastering committee.
▪ The country is still ruled by people who are heirs to a ruling Western elite.
▪ Of course the ruling elites are still capable of using repressive forces.
▪ In spite of the West's move to hit the ruling elite with more sanctions, few think change will come soon.
▪ Yet information, particularly over the internal situation and the political attitudes of the ruling elite, is scarce.
▪ All the glamorous Washington elite were at the dinner that evening.
▪ Only a small elite can afford to send their children to this school.
▪ The Parachute Regiment are the elite of the British armed forces.
▪ The President has been accused of developing policies in favor of a small elite.
▪ The ruling elite have resisted all attempts at reform.
▪ The sort of goods once reserved for the elite are now available to everyone.
▪ For them an elite must prove itself in this ability to murder.
▪ Hotel Okura Tokyo Where the business elite meet in Tokyo.
▪ The agencies dealing with business and corporate elites tend to employ a more co-operative mode than those dealing with the poor.
▪ The group approach explicitly rejects the notion that a small elite dominates the resource allocation process.
▪ Anyone who studied at the college joined an elite band of well-connected lawyers, doctors and businessmen.
▪ In 1978 he joined the CRS, France's elite corps of riot police.
▪ The competition is only open to an elite group of athletes.
▪ The palace is guarded by elite troops loyal to the president.
▪ Elite: Kewill-Omicron has updated the nominal ledger for its Elite package.
▪ He wanted an efficient and elite engineering team.
▪ I also have a cream Elite Strat as my main spare.
▪ Much political theorising was therefore restricted to explicitly normative, though often very sophisticated, comparisons of different forms of elite rule.
▪ Music by Scott Joplin then helped him to create his light-heartedly comic Elite Syncopations.
▪ They prove themselves by becoming elite performers who climb rapidly through the organization.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"a choice or select body, the best part," 1823, from French élite "selection, choice," from Old French eslite (12c.), fem. past participle of elire, elisre "pick out, choose," from Latin eligere "choose" (see election). Borrowed in Middle English as "chosen person" (late 14c.), especially a bishop-elect; died out mid-15c.; re-introduced by Byron's "Don Juan." As an adjective by 1852. As a typeface, first recorded 1920.


a. 1 Of high birth or social position; aristocratic or patrician. 2 Representing the choicest or most select of a group. n. A special group or social class of people which have a superior intellectual, social or economic status as, the elite of society.


n. a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status [syn: elite group]


adj. selected as the best; "an elect circle of artists"; "elite colleges" [syn: elect]

Elite (disambiguation)

The elite are a group or class deemed to be in some way superior.

Elite may refer to:

Elite (video game)

Elite is a space trading video game, written and developed by David Braben and Ian Bell and originally published by Acornsoft for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron computers in September 1984. Elites open-ended game model, and revolutionary 3D graphics led to it being ported to virtually every contemporary home computer system, and earned it a place as a classic and a genre maker in gaming history. The game's title derives from one of the player's goals of raising their combat rating to the exalted heights of "Elite".

Elite was one of the first home computer games to use wire-frame 3D graphics with hidden line removal. It added graphics and twitch gameplay aspects to the genre established by the 1974 game Star Trader. Another novelty was the inclusion of The Dark Wheel, a novella by Robert Holdstock which gave players insight into the moral and legal codes to which they might aspire.

The game was followed by the sequels Frontier: Elite II in 1993, and Frontier: First Encounters in 1995, which introduced Newtonian physics, realistic star systems and seamless freeform planetary landings. A third sequel, Elite: Dangerous, began crowdfunding in 2012 and was launched on 16 December 2014, following a period of semi-open testing.

Elite proved hugely influential, serving as a model for other games including Wing Commander: Privateer, Grand Theft Auto, EVE Online, Freelancer, the X series and No Man's Sky.

Non-Acorn versions were each first published by Firebird, Imagineer and Hybrid. Subsequently Frontier Developments has claimed the game to be a "Game by Frontier", to be part of its own back catalogue and all the rights to the game to have been owned by David Braben.


Elite (sometimes Élite) is a small group of powerful people in political and sociological theory, such as an oligarchy, that controls a disproportionate amount of wealth or political power in society. This group holds a superior position among the ordinary people and exercises greater privilege than the rest of the population.

Elite (comics)

Elite, in comics, may refer to:

  • The Elite, a group of super-powered anti-heroes in DC Comics
    • Justice League Elite, a DC Comics title concerning an extension of the Justice League team incorporating members of the above group
  • Darkseid's Elite, Darkseid's team of warriors
Elite (song)
  1. redirect White Pony#Awards and accolades
Elite (record producer)

Anthony Parrino, better known by his stage name Elite, is an American hip hop record Producer, and recording artist best known for his work with Roc Nation artist J. Cole and the Ruff Ryders recording label in the early 2000s. Elite is from Byram, CT and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Elite (Within the Ruins album)

Elite is the third studio album by American metalcore band Within the Ruins. The track list for the album was revealed on February 14, 2013.

Usage examples of "elite".

The pilots of the elite amphibious squadron had all been handpicked by Captain Francesca Cook.

Rather anomalous evidence was quite often the center of serious, longstanding controversy within the very heart of elite scientific circles, with advocates holding scientific credentials and positions just as prestigious as those of the opponents.

Only the best and baddest of the badasses got selected for the elite CIRG.

One of them was a short, plump man, who wept piteously and bewailed his fate, even though his elite guards jabbed him with their spears, urging him to put on a better face for the crowds.

Glancing back at the rest of the Elite Eight, Balthor could see they had finished off most of the dementia panthers and that Joha and Brue were rushing to help Tybiel.

Great Yard, enjoying the sun, enjoying the shade and the majesty of the ancient trees, chattering away into their cell phones, which their daddies could pay for as easily as drawing their next breath, suffused with the conspicuous lapidary consumption of all this royal Middle English Gothic architecture and the knowledge that they were among that elite minifraction of the youth of Americaof the youth of the world!

Marines first - there were no draftees here - then done so again to join the elite within the elite.

Danie, worked as a diamond driller, the elite corps among the Copperbelt miners.

In his first three appearances, the Escapist along with his eccentric company had toured a thinly fictionalized Europe, in which he wowed the Razi elites of Zothenia, Gothsylvania, Draconia, and other pseudonymous dark bastions of the Iron Chain, while secretly going about his real business of arranging jailbreaks for resistance leaders and captured British airmen, helping great scientists and thinkers out of the clutches of the evil dictator, Attila Haxoff, and freeing captives, missionaries, and prisoners of war.

By contrast, in ethnically divided elites with a weak sense of common national purpose, development was very much less successful.

In all the gaps regular formations, mixed with Galactic Armored Combat Suits and the elite Ten Thousand, battled day and night against seemingly unending waves of Posleen.

Skull and Bones roster roll off the tongue like an elite party list -- Lord, Whitney, Taft, Jay, Bundy, Harriman, Weyerhaeuser, Pinchot, Rockefeller, Goodyear, Sloane, Stimson, Phelps, Perkins, Pillsbury, Kellogg, Vanderbilt, Bush, Lovett and so on.

Dressed in the royal-blue uniform of the Prime, the Jotnar Elite, the commodore was the embodiment of what Grader intended to be--powerful.

Elite Indonesian and Papuan troops had secured this little plateau deep in rain-drenched Irian Jaya.

Soviet terms it's usually a battalion-strength force of elite troops designed to drop, clear, march and kill.