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clerisy (plural clerisies)
- An elite group of intellectuals; learned people, the literati.
- 2003: By the nineteenth-century clerisy [...] Christianity itself, yoked to material civilization, came to be questioned as gross and vulgar. — Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 432)
- The clergy, or their opinions, as opposed to the laity.