hi·er·ar·chy [hahy-uh-rahr-kee, hahy-rahr-] (previously 06-15-13)
noun plural hi·er·ar·chies.
1. any system of persons or things ranked one above another.
2. government by ecclesiastical rulers.
3. the power or dominion of a hierarch.
4. an organized body of ecclesiastical officials in successive ranks or orders: the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
5. one of the three divisions of the angels, each made up of three orders, conceived as constituting a graded body.
6. Also called celestial hierarchy. the collective body of angels.
7. government by an elite group.
8. Linguistics. the system of levels according to which a language is organized, as phonemic, morphemic, syntactic, or semantic.
OTHER WORDS FROM HIERARCHY
an·ti·hi·er·ar·chy, noun, plural an·ti·hi·er·ar·chies, adjective
WORDS RELATED TO HIERARCHY
ranking, position, pyramid, scale, grouping, placing
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Origin: Origin: 1300–50; < Medieval Latin hierarchia < Late Greek hierarchía rule or power of the high priest, equivalent to hier- hier- + archía -archy; replacing Middle English jerarchie < Middle French ierarchie < Medieval Latin ierarchia, variant of hierarchia
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