Definition of "literati" []

  • The literary intelligentsia. (noun-plural)
  • Literary or scholarly people

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Use "literati" in a sentence
  • "The term literati, as I use it, refers to those, like Siegel, who have refused to even open the curtains in their ivory towers to see the wonderful, burgeoning literary world that has sprung up around them."
  • "I think however that it is interesting to see you use the term literati, and picture my post as part of some larger struggle between one label group and another label group that I think breaks down as easily as my original post."
  • "In his review of a John Grisham novel he almost writes: The prevailing assumption among the literati is still ... that popularity equals mediocrity."