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  • n. Plural form of cognoscente.

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Examples

  • But more important to opera cognoscenti is his superb voice.

    The King of the Lyric Basses

  • First, this is a reminder to all of us who try to communicate climate science to the general public - or even to the media elite and other opinion makers erroneously labeled the "cognoscenti" - not to take the most basic fact of climate science for granted.

    Climate Progress

  • There is another point of view, to which I adhere, that says the cognoscenti are a much larger category of society than envisioned by the holders of bad news, that they are self-defining, not pre-defined by race, occupation, wealth, age, sex, or any other characteristic than their willingness to deliberately access information and process it responsibly.

    Tell It Like It Is

  • "cognoscenti" - elitist, agoraphobic, self-referential, intellectual narcissists with asthma and a tendency towards pasty skin and the use of words like "cognoscenti".

    truckeratlas Diary Entry

  • As a member of this group of "cognoscenti" (those who are aware or have special knowledge), this (in the conservative individual's mind) automatically makes them one of the arbiters of law and morality for the "clueless" mass of humanity.

    Sleight of Hand

  • Therefore, for those unaware of the nature of this programme, I’m A Tosser as it is known amongst the cognoscenti is a programme that – seemingly - every few weeks trawls the fetid bottom of the celebrity swamp.

    I’m A Publicity Seeking Tosser, Bury Me Alive….

  • So judged the leader of the 'cognoscenti', and, in accordance with his views, Elgin and Aberdeen are held up to ridicule in 'English

    Byron's Poetical Works, Volume 1

  • I'd add to that the Italian opera tradition, which was never an elitist affair: Google the term "cognoscenti" to get an idea of what I mean.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • The labels aren't widely known outside fashion circles but they have been showered with awards by the cognoscenti: Juan Carlos Obando, Nomia, Bibhu Mohapatra, Michael Angel, Rochambeau and Electric Feathers.

    Putting the Hot Back in Hotel

  • The cognoscenti of the fashion universe distinguish between fashion and style.

    Fashion in Dark Times

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  • See the less-used singular, "cognoscente," for a definition.

    June 14, 2010

  • The cognoscenti are the people who know about things. If my friends at Wordnik wish to be considered cognoscenti, they will come up with a definition for this word which has been queried 24 times.

    July 19, 2009

  • The cognoscenti are the people who know about things. If my friends at Wordnik wish to be considered cognoscenti, they will come up with a definition for this word which has been queried 24 times.

    July 19, 2009

  • from Italian to mean literally "In the know"

    people who are considered to be especially well-informed about a subject

    the pleasant way to call someone a know-it-all!

    April 19, 2009