clerisy

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

clerisy ‎(plural clerisies)

  1. 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)
  2. The clergy, or their opinions, as opposed to the laity.

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