MEANING: noun: The well-educated class; the literati; the intelligentsia.

ETYMOLOGY: From German Klerisei (clergy), from Latin clericus (cleric), from Greek klerikos (belonging to the clergy), from Greek kleros (inheritance). Earliest documented use: 1834. The clerisy, the clergy, and clerks are all cousins, etymologically speaking.

CELERISY - the fast-moving

SCLERISY - looking at the whites of your eyes

CLERITY - plain speaking, in Brooklyn