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(noun) historically, a high government bureaucrat of the Chinese Empire OR a pedantic or elitist bureaucrat OR senior person of influence in academia or literary circles / (adj) deliberately superior or complex; esoteric, highbrow, obscurantist

Highlighted phrases


the fiercely mandarin Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes

I knew it had something to do with Chinese bureaucrats but wasn't sure of the adjectival meaning

—p.18 The Cleric of Treason (13) by George Steiner
6 years, 11 months ago

In an ecstasy of mandarin narcissism, you go further.

—p.158 Dead Letters (157) by George Steiner
6 years, 11 months ago

having culminated in the production of generations of left mandarins without the sophistication (or cultural capital) that the epithet mandarin once connoted

—p.186 On Literary Studies (179) by Marco Roth
6 years, 5 months ago

he suggested that the Institute would be an alternative to a German university system that served as a training academy for ‘mandarins’ who who would go on to uphold the status quo

—p.68 Part II: The 1920s (65) by Stuart Jeffries
6 years, 7 months ago

a gathering of mandarins summoned hastily to discuss somebody's fine dream in a conference

—p.260 The Great Wall of China (253) by Franz Kafka
6 years, 8 months ago

university mandarins sign their names to publications for which their assistants provided the statistics

—p.118 Domination, Liberation (105) by Frédéric Lordon
6 years, 8 months ago