trahison des clercs

French quotation from Julien Benda
tra·​hi·​son des clercs | \ trä-ē-zȯⁿ-dā-klerk How to pronounce trahison des clercs (audio) \

Definition of trahison des clercs

: treason of the intellectuals : the compromising of integrity by intellectuals who engage in political advocacy

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