commentariat

noun
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 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 Tuesday was a pivotal day in American history, judging from certain corners of the political commentariat. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Political Overreaction to Walmart’s P.R. Strategy," 5 Sep. 2019 Buttigieg, 37, 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, "Pete Buttigieg is struggling with black voters — and not just because he's gay," 17 Nov. 2019 While roundly praised by the tech commentariat, Dorsey’s decision is based on flawed premises and will further debase online political discourse. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Why Twitter’s New Restrictions on Political Advertising Make No Sense," 7 Nov. 2019 By midnight, Israel’s boisterous commentariat was buzzing with all the possible coalitions that could emerge in coming weeks. BostonGlobe.com, "TEL AVIV — Voters in Israel’s do-over election on Tuesday left both of the main parties well short of a majority in Parliament, unofficial exit polls reported, likely teeing up weeks of political horse trading and prolonged uncertainty over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s future.," 18 Sep. 2019 The rally earned comparisons to Nuremberg, though mainly because of the commentariat’s poor grasp of history. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "The Media Is Missing the Real Story of Trump’s Racism," 5 Aug. 2019 What explains the right-wing commentariat’s special attraction to the substances? Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics," 3 Sep. 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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17 Jan 2020

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“Commentariat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commentariat. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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