clerisy

[kler-uh-see]
noun
learned persons as a class; literati; intelligentsia.

Origin:
1818; < German Klerisei clergy < Medieval Latin clēricia, equivalent to clēric(us) cleric + -ia -ia; introduced by S.T. Coleridge

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clerisy

noun
an educated and intellectual elite [syn: intelligentsia
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Our clerisy contains journalists and pundits and think-tank experts and political historians, but not novelists or poets as such.
If non-scientists see a kind of clerisy that they can't relate to, then there's a gulf.
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