Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.


Educated people considered as a group; the literati.

[German Klerisei, clergy, from Medieval Latin clēricia, from Late Latin clēricus, priest; see clerk.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(Education) learned or educated people collectively
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈklɛr ə si)

literati; intelligentsia.
[1818 (S.T. Coleridge); < German Klerisei clergy < Medieval Latin clēricia < Late Latin clēric(us) cleric]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


men of learning as a class or collectively; the intelligentsia or literati.
See also: Knowledge, Learning
-Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

Clerisy, Clericity

 learned men as a body; scholars, 1818.
Example: the clerisy of a nation, that is its learned men, whether poets, or philosophers, or scholars, 1834.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clerisy - an educated and intellectual elite
elite, elite group - a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status
culturati - people interested in culture and cultural activities
literati - the literary intelligentsia
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
The artist, the scholar, and, in general, the clerisy, wins their way up into these places and get represented here, somewhat on this footing of conquest.
She cautions--correctly--that the new ideas were challenged first beginning around 1848 by those she labels "the clerisy." Ever since, various criticisms have been leveled at markets, even as they are recognized to be wealth-producing engines of a society.
So it's little surprise he preferred the Talmudic Calvinism of his Collision co-star Douglas Wilson--or of a Church of England that made proclamations as if its clerisy actually believed eternal damnation were a possibility--to the religious outlook of another one of his debate opponents, Al Sharpton, a man of cloth minus the Christianity.
Studies of Carpenter's reliance on Whitman to construct a positive model of homosexuality proliferated, but sophisticated formalist comparisons of Towards Democracy and Leaves of Grass did not appear until the publication of works by Andrew Elfenbein ("Whitman, Democracy, and the English Clerisy," Nineteenth-Century Literature, 2001) and M.
The poet's choice of cuaderna via is not casual or arbitrary, because it is the preferred metrical form of the Archpriest's vernacular model, the mester de clerecia (the cleric's craft, or poetics of clerisy), a poetic mode that arose in the thirteenth century, as a heuristic for literate clerics to transmit authoritative traditions and narratives to the laity in the vernacular.
Even after the jihadi murders in Paris and San Bernadino, the clerisy which dominates the media and governments of the West refuse to acknowledge the truth of Pascal's observation.
Karl Marx has had since 1848 the tightest grip on the social imaginary of the clerisy out of all the men we are discussing here.
Because of the dominant role of the clerisy in the intellectual life of most civilizations until recently, Huntington's (1996) approach of relying on religions is meaningful (for the past).
(34.) John Snyder, White Sox Journal (New York: Clerisy Press, 2009), 438-39.
"'Frail Spells': Shelley and the Ironies of Exile." In Irony and Clerisy, edited by Deborah White.
"Higher Journalism and the Mid-Victorian Clerisy." Victorian Studies, Vol.
This deal worked wonders in Europe and its overseas extensions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, surviving the clerisy's rebellion against bourgeois life after 1848 and even Europe's seventy-five-year suicide attempt from 1914 to 1989.