Definition: Merriam-Webster: belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain priveledges.
Why does it sound like priveledged or special when someone on the right says the word entitlements? Like, "We have to deal with entitlements to get this budget under control." The same thing happened to the word liberal years ago. It became synonymous with socialist or communist for the majority. Why can't they call it what it really is? It's a promise made to us years ago by our government. A promise we made choices about because it was there.