September 29th, 2008

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clerisy \KLER-uh-see\, noun:

The well educated class; the intelligentsia.

 

Clerisy is from German Klerisei, "clergy," from Medieval Latin clericia, from Late Latin clericus, "priest," from Late Greek klerikos, "belonging to the clergy," from Greek kleros, "inheritance, lot," in allusion to Deuteronomy 18:2 ("Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the Lord is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them").

 

 

Our academic clerisy, I'm sure, could point out factual inadequacies, along with examples of cultural bias.

-- Robert D. Kaplan, "And Now for the News", The Atlantic, March 1997