Definition of commentariat in English:



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

    ‘the US commentariat exuded recriminations when American air attacks were called off’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What is morally odious is the cool and disinterested way in which the commentariat is discussing what might fairly be described as racial cleansing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No doubt they're delighted when the commentariat refer to Latham as the ‘alternative prime minister’’
    • ‘But members of the elite commentariat are presented to the public as if they are mainstream - which of course they are not.’
    • ‘Much of the commentariat is opposed to the cuts, but the public at large has largely ignored their counsel.’
    • ‘This wasn't so long ago, and the Royals' supposed bounce back to public favour came as a shock to many in the commentariat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite the grim outlook for newspapers, print journalism's future may not be as desperate as the commentariat would have us think.’
    • ‘I think certain sections of the media and some certain sections of the commentariat, will want to elect.’
    • ‘And a very large percentage of the commentariat are totally obsessed with proving that he is the worst president ever.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The commentariat, however, sees things differently based, or so it would appear, entirely on the fact that Michael Dukakis lost the 1988 election.’
    • ‘A consensus quickly emerged across the commentariat that social conservatism is a sure loser in federal politics.’
    • ‘Still, if Labor loses, the commentariat will once again be able to cry foul that the election was ‘stolen’ by international events.’


Late 20th century: blend of commentary and proletariat.