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

Examples of commentariat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To much of India’s commentariat, Mr Goswami’s case represented not a test of freedom so much as a test of power. The Economist, "India’s diminishing democracy Narendra Modi threatens to turn India into a one-party state," 28 Nov. 2020 The French commentariat has also harped on the #metoo movement as an example of runaway American ideology. Ben Smith, New York Times, "The President vs. the American Media," 15 Nov. 2020 There is more talk among the commentariat that the Supreme Court should have term limits. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: Full court press," 27 Sep. 2020 When Donald Trump entered presidential politics, many in the conservative commentariat naturally were concerned with their own personal brands. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Russia and the Never Trumpers," 25 Aug. 2020 After the underwhelming crowd in Tulsa, Okla., and polls showing the president trailing Joe Biden substantially, the political commentariat is beginning to say Mr. Trump has no chance of re-election. Karl Rove, WSJ, "The Trump Campaign Needs to Hit ‘Reset’," 1 July 2020 Since Trump’s inauguration, an anxiety has arisen among the media commentariat over Maddow’s role. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "This Is the Moment Rachel Maddow Has Been Waiting For," 1 Oct. 2019 Judgment by the royal commentariat was swift and largely damning. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Flush," 10 Jan. 2020 Buttigieg may have won over many members of the mostly white political commentariat in New York and Washington, and recent polls of Iowa’s overwhelmingly white electorate put him at or near the front of the crowded Democratic field there. NBC News, "Why Buttigieg is struggling with black voters," 21 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of commentariat was in 1993

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“Commentariat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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