There is an English word that begins with "con" and means "a community of experts in a certain field". I am not able to recollect that word. Can someone please help me?
Are you thinking of cognoscenti?
–plural noun, singular -te /-ti/
persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, esp. in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion.
Which is originally a french word, BTW.
"Condescending gits" is how I would describe a collection of people who think they are experts, but that is not quite what was asked.
Convicts: community of experts in crime.
"Pundits" might apply here. A loan word to english from the hindi "pandit" for a Hindu scholar of the Brahmin caste. The term is used in contemporary english for a person with wide knowledge of a particular field, as in "political pundit(s)".
"Coryphaei", from Ancient Greek κορυφαῖος (koruphaios, "leader") - those who are the best in the certain field.
German "die Koryphäen" have exactly the meaning you're looking for. It's not widely used.
protected by RegDwigнt♦ Jul 2 '12 at 21:22
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