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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
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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.
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In contrast, Piketty and his fellow members of the intellectual and artistic "Clerisy" (a term McCloskey takes from Samuel Taylor Coleridge) make the same misguided criticisms of capitalism that the Clerisy always makes.
Greif's employment of an economic idiom reflects his acknowledgment that this is the way the contemporary clerisy speaks.
In some particular cases, the clerisy was successful in hindering trade-tested betterment, though not in the bigger picture.
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.
American Progressivism was part of a worldwide rejection of laissez faire, briefly regnant among the clerisy of artists, intellectuals, journalists, professionals, and bureaucrats in the mid-i9th century.
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.
Just as the dual meanings of translatio as linguistic transfer and as the reworking of received knowledge overlapped in ancient and medieval grammar and rhetoric, (22) instrumental translation and the transfer of knowledge are intertwined in the Archpriests story parodying the poetic art of clerisy and, I would argue, in the mester de clerecia more generally.
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.
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.
For an alternative reading of the "firm state," see Forest Fyle's excellent reading in "'Frail Spells': Shelley and the Ironies of Exile," in Irony mid Clerisy, ed.