A betrayal of intellectual, artistic, or moral standards by writers, academics, or artists.
- The worst betrayal of society has been the trahison des clercs - the decline of writing and the arts into a squalid celebration of all the most cloacal elements of human existence.
- She is, after all, writing about intellectuals and accusing them of a trahison des clercs, but her mode of analysis could apply just as easily to carpenters or accountants as to writers and artists.
- There has certainly been a trahison des clercs.
French, literally 'treason of the scholars', the title of a book by Julien Benda (1927).
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