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clerisy

[ kler-uh-see ]
/ ˈklɛr ə si /
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noun
learned persons as a class; literati; intelligentsia.
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Origin of clerisy

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