Clerisy meaning

klĕrĭ-sē
Educated people considered as a group; the literati.
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Educated people as a class.
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An elite group of intellectuals; learned people, the literati.
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The clergy, or their opinions, as opposed to the laity.
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Origin of clerisy

  • German Klerisei clergy from Medieval Latin clēricia from Late Latin clēricus priest clerk

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Introduced by Coleridge, apparently after German Clerisei; in late Latin clericia.

    From Wiktionary