com·​men·​tar·​i·​at ˌkä-mən-ˈter-ē-at How to pronounce commentariat (audio)
: a group of powerful and influential commentators : punditocracy

Examples of commentariat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a chapter from Alan Sepinwall’s upcoming oral history of the show (excerpted in Vanity Fair) the cast, crew, production, and Television Without Pity commentariat all discuss the reasons Mischa Barton was essentially fired from The O.C. — and why, in hindsight, those reasons sucked. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 15 Nov. 2023 While there are legitimate questions being asked of AI right now, there also is predictably little analysis from the mainstream tech commentariat on how this ever-burgeoning technology benefits the disability community. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 But—at least for the Washington commentariat—what was more notable was that America’s fingerprints were nowhere near the deal. Blaise Malley, The New Republic, 5 Oct. 2023 These are the underlying questions in Nike’s Big Bet, a new documentary by Paul Kemp which draws on interviews with several prominent members of the running commentariat to revisit the details of the Salazar case. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 18 May 2021 If anything, Kipchoge’s dominance has created the opposite problem for the running commentariat: What more can be said about someone who seems to win every race, in an event where that kind of consistency isn’t supposed to be possible? Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 30 Mar. 2023 Meanwhile, opposition to the use of force in Congress, at the White House, in the Pentagon, and among the foreign policy commentariat was overwhelming. Steven A. Cook, Foreign Affairs, 13 Oct. 2020 The report sheds further light on some of the narratives that have recently swirled among the political commentariat: the idea, for example, that Republicans are making gains with Hispanic voters, who have historically supported Democrats. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 13 July 2023 What Jain and Split Ticket hope to bring to the political conversation is a retrospective look at political outcomes which cuts against the typical postmortems from the commentariat. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 13 June 2023 See More

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Word History


commentator + -ariat (in proletariat)

First Known Use

1993, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of commentariat was in 1993

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“Commentariat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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