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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Definitions for clerisy

  1. The well educated class; the intelligentsia.

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Citations for clerisy
The clerisy of a nation, that is, its learned men, whether poets, or philosophers, or scholars. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Table-Talk
Our academic clerisy, I'm sure, could point out factual inadequacies, along with examples of cultural bias. Robert D. Kaplan, The Atlantic
Origin of clerisy
Clerisy is from German Klerisei, "clergy," from Medieval Latin clericia, from Late Latin clericus, "priest," from Late Greek klerikos, "belonging to the clergy," from Greek kleros, "inheritance, lot," in allusion to Deuteronomy 18:2 ("Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the Lord is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them").