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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)
- 2016: Only the highly educated write so badly. Indeed, the point of such ludicrous prose is to signal membership in a closed clerisy that possesses a private language. — George F. Will, Washington Post, 18 Nov, 2016
- The clergy, or their opinions, as opposed to the laity.