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[kler-uh-see] /ˈklɛr ə si/
learned persons as a class; literati; intelligentsia.
Origin of clerisy
1818; < German Klerisei clergy < Medieval Latin clēricia, equivalent to clēric(us) cleric + -ia -ia; introduced by S.T. Coleridge Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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.
Word Origin and History for clerisy

1818, on model of German clerisei, from Late Latin clericia, related to clericus (see cleric); coined by Coleridge "to express a notion no longer associated with CLERGY" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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