Hierarch meaning

hīə-rärk, hīrärk
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One who occupies a position of authority in a religious hierarchy.
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One who occupies a high position in a hierarchy.

Governmental hierarchs.

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The leader or chief of a religious group; high priest.
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One who has high and controlling authority in sacred things; the chief of a sacred order; as, princely hierarchs.
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Origin of hierarch

  • From Middle English jerarchis hierarchs from Medieval Latin hierarcha dignitary, prelate from Greek hierarkhēs high priest hieros holy eis- in Indo-European roots -arkhēs -arch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Late Latin hierarcha, Greek ἱεράρχης, hierarchēs; sacred (akin to Sanskrit ishiras vigorous, fresh, blooming) + leader, ruler, from to lead, rule: compare French hiérarque

    From Wiktionary