clerisy

[ kler-uh-see ]
/ ˈklɛr ə si /
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noun

learned persons as a class; literati; intelligentsia.

Nearby words

  1. clerical collar,
  2. clericalism,
  3. clerically,
  4. clericals,
  5. clerihew,
  6. clerk,
  7. clerk of works,
  8. clerkess,
  9. clerkly,
  10. clermont-ferrand

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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Word Origin and History for clerisy

clerisy

n.

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].

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