com·​men·​tar·​i·​at | \ ˌkä-mən-ˈter-ē-at How to pronounce commentariat (audio) , -ē-ˌat\

Definition of commentariat

: a group of powerful and influential commentators : punditocracy

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Much of the national-security commentariat is appalled by President Trump’s decision to intercede in the clearance process for Jared Kushner, who is Mr. Trump’s son-in-law. Reuel Marc Gerecht, WSJ, "Trump and Jared’s Clearance," 14 Mar. 2019 In lieu of an omniscient commentariat, Groff proffers events so terrifying as to be almost supernatural. Eugenia Williamson,, "Tales of women, yet important," 7 June 2018 And every time a new poll shows evangelical support for Trump at a steady high, the commentariat wrings its hands. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "What’s Next for Evangelicalism?," 7 June 2018 With each erosion of individual liberties, with every election gone awry, the commentariat disgorges a fresh flotilla of analyses of the world’s ailments and favored prescriptions for fixing them. Steven Rattner, New York Times, "Dambisa Moyo’s Proposals for Saving Democracy," 7 June 2018 With all due respect to the baseball commentariat, the most elegant opinion on the shift this week came from New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks. Staff,, "Nine Innings: The Fear-Inducing Yankees, Examining MLB's Trends and Banning the Shift," 14 May 2018 Loesch is all over it, either monologizing savagely to the camera or nodding in vituperative agreement with her fellow members of the NRATV commentariat. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Live-Streaming the Apocalypse With NRATV," 5 May 2018 Suddenly, Congress and much of the conservative commentariat rose up in protest. Anchorage Daily News, "Republicans may come to regret their silence on Trump," 22 Mar. 2018 The commentariat are the superfans of the Tournament of Books, who attempt to read all of the competitors before the tournament’s start, who are passionate about books and reading, and who aren’t shy about expressing an opinion. John Warner,, "The March Madness of books: Proof that internet comment sections aren’t just for haters," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of commentariat

1993, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for commentariat

commentator + -ariat (in proletariat)

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