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Educated people considered as a group; the literati.

[German Klerisei, clergy, from Medieval Latin clēricia, from Late Latin clēricus, priest; see clerk.]


(Education) learned or educated people collectively


(ˈklɛr ə si)

literati; intelligentsia.
[1818 (S.T. Coleridge); < German Klerisei clergy < Medieval Latin clēricia < Late Latin clēric(us) cleric]


men of learning as a class or collectively; the intelligentsia or literati.
See also: Knowledge, Learning

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.
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
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.
He has now visited 64 countries, some of them multiple times, and his mind is unclouded by long immersion in the conventional thinking of the foreign policy clerisy, with its inclination to disparage strong congressional initiatives in foreign policy.
These are the clerisy, those who dominate educational institutions and the media while giving the coalition its cultural elan.
Prior to World War II, a certain genteel anti-Semitism was the norm among the European clerisy in whose company Pound traveled.
But it is also the courage to overcome the fear of change, to bear defeat unto bankruptcy, to be courteous to new ideas, to wake up the next morning and face fresh work with cheer, resisting the despairing pessimism of the clerisy.
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Dewey's utilitarian instructors and Buckley's orthodox instructors are not modeled on the old clerisy, sanctioned by the search for truth, but employees of the majority, whatever it may be.
And I predict that it will change more quickly in the face of savvy and consistent leadership than through an approach that cowers in the corners for fear of offending a patriarchal clerisy.
In keeping with the French feminist adage, "where repression is, she is," Ni Dhomhnaill set out to re-envision and refashion the archetypal mythic personae who have been mediated through the often misogynist biases of early Christian monks, the ruling clerisy, and Victorian antiquarians.
To strengthen this domination, confession to a priest was introduced along with clerisy and priestcraft, vestments and altars.
David Simpson has argued the political case against such assimilation, perhaps a shade too fiercely but with fitting directness: "Those who understand the strategy whereby Coleridge seeks to compose us and our worlds into organic wholes, based on the covert authority of the clerisy (in social governance) and of God and the will (in our spiritual lives), but do not wish to subscribe to it, could do worse than to cast aside this particular theory of the imagination .
Hobsbawm quotes the figure of 2,148 "authors, editors, and journalists" for 1871, hut probably the number was higher, as few practitioners of higher journalism who wrote for the quality press of educated opinion were3 likely to be included (Christopher Kent, "Higher Journalism and the Mid-Victorian Clerisy," Victorian Studies 13 [December 1969]: 197).