Crossword clues for clerisy
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Clerisy \Cler"i*sy\, n. [LL. clericia. See Clergy.]
The literati, or well educated class.
The clergy, or their opinions, as opposed to the laity.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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].
n. 1 An elite group of intellectuals; learned people, the literati. 2 The clergy, or their opinions, as opposed to the laity.
n. an educated and intellectual elite [syn: intelligentsia]
Usage examples of "clerisy".
He regards me as a traitor to the clerisy because I know which foot to put on the brake and which on the accelerator, but I think after experiencing an hour of my driving he’s begun to revise his harsh placement of me.