Variant of hierarchy
noun pl. hierarchies
- a system of church government by priests or other clergy in graded ranks
- the group of officials, esp. the highest officials, in such a system
- a group of persons or things arranged in order of rank, grade, class, etc.
Origin: altered (modeled on Gr) < ME ierarchie < OFr jerarchie < ML(Ec) hierarchia < LGr(Ec), power or rule of a hierarch < Gr hierarchēs: see hierarch
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