clerisy

[ kler-uh-see ]
/ ˈklɛr ə si /

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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