- learned persons as a class; literati; intelligentsia.
Origin of clerisy
Examples from the Web for clerisy
It also has come under increased attack from among the ranks of the clerisy.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
August 10, 2014
The Clerisy operates on very different principles than its rival power brokers, the oligarchs of finance, technology or energy.Watch What You Say, The New Liberal Power Elite Won’t Tolerate Dissent
June 7, 2014
Energy marks the clearest demarcating issues between the plutocrats and the Clerisy.
Much of the U.S. is struggling, but the Clerisy has thrived.
In contrast, the clerisy has little needed for the basically educated, but only an approving claque and faithful servants.The Last Patrician: Romney Falls From Favor as America Loses Faith in Old Money
January 23, 2012
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].