Definition of commentariat in English:



North American
  • Members of the news media considered as a class.

    ‘the commentariat exuded recriminations when the air attacks were called off’
    • ‘Yesterday's white bread speech was cleverly pitched over the heads of the commentariat and the lobby groups, straight into middle class lounge rooms.’
    • ‘He has left it to his allies in the commentariat and in Congress to assert that he was victimized by the intelligence community.’
    • ‘Despite the grim outlook for newspapers, print journalism's future may not be as desperate as the commentariat would have us think.’
    • ‘This wasn't so long ago, and the Royals' supposed bounce back to public favour came as a shock to many in the commentariat.’
    • ‘Some in the sporting commentariat - and in the broader community - seem to think without the sporting elite leading the way the social fabric might somehow unravel.’
    • ‘A consensus quickly emerged across the commentariat that social conservatism is a sure loser in federal politics.’
    • ‘I think certain sections of the media and some certain sections of the commentariat, will want to elect.’
    • ‘It is left to the commentariat and the Australian people to address big-picture global issues which have dogged us for years but seemed too big to comprehend, let alone tackle.’
    • ‘What is morally odious is the cool and disinterested way in which the commentariat is discussing what might fairly be described as racial cleansing.’
    • ‘And a very large percentage of the commentariat are totally obsessed with proving that he is the worst president ever.’
    • ‘The commentariat, however, sees things differently based, or so it would appear, entirely on the fact that Michael Dukakis lost the 1988 election.’
    • ‘In the case of mainstream media the debate is largely conducted between members of the commentariat on their terms within the confines of their own agenda.’
    • ‘As in Australia, there appears to be significant disconnect in the United States between the commentariat and the electorate when it comes to choosing national leadership.’
    • ‘It was especially entertaining to watch the commentariat - which had been predicting for months that the public would soon share its obsession - try to explain why that hadn't happened.’
    • ‘But members of the elite commentariat are presented to the public as if they are mainstream - which of course they are not.’
    • ‘No doubt they're delighted when the commentariat refer to Latham as the ‘alternative prime minister’’
    • ‘Still, if Labor loses, the commentariat will once again be able to cry foul that the election was ‘stolen’ by international events.’
    • ‘Much of the commentariat is opposed to the cuts, but the public at large has largely ignored their counsel.’
    the media, the newspapers, the papers, the news media, journalism, the newspaper world, the newspaper business, the print media, the fourth estate
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1990s: blend of commentary and proletariat.