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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.]
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(Education) learned or educated people collectively
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cler•i•sy(ˈklɛr ə si)
[1818 (S.T. Coleridge); < German Klerisei clergy < Medieval Latin clēricia < Late Latin clēric(us) cleric]
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men of learning as a class or collectively; the intelligentsia or literati.See also: Knowledge, Learning
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Clerisy, Clericitylearned men as a body; scholars, 1818.
Example: the clerisy of a nation, that is its learned men, whether poets, or philosophers, or scholars, 1834.
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|Noun||1.||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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