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[lit-uh-rah-tee] /ˌlɪt əˈrɑ ti/
plural noun, singular literatus
[lit-uh-rah-tuh s] /ˌlɪt əˈrɑ təs/ (Show IPA)
1.
persons of scholarly or literary attainments; intellectuals.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin līterāti learned, scholarly people, noun use of plural of līterātus. See literate
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Examples for literati
  • The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding.
  • The back-and-forth nonetheless started a debate among the literati about language and heritage.
  • The literati may be appalled, but her devoted fans relish every word.
  • But it doesn't help that these days even the literati have a hazy grasp of grammatical structure.
  • literati differ markedly on whether satire is persuasive.
British Dictionary definitions for literati

literati

/ˌlɪtəˈrɑːtiː/
plural noun
1.
literary or scholarly people
Word Origin
C17: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for literati
literati
"men and women of letters; the learned class as a whole," 1621, from L. lit(t)erati, pl. of lit(t)eratus "lettered" (see literate). The proper sing. would be literatus, though It. literato (1704) sometimes is used.
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