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hierarchy

[hahy-uh-rahr-kee, hahy-rahr-]
noun, plural hierarchies.
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.

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

antihierarchy, noun, plural antihierarchies, adjective
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hierarchy (ˈhaɪəˌrɑːkɪ)
 
n , pl -chies
1.  a system of persons or things arranged in a graded order
2.  a body of persons in holy orders organized into graded ranks
3.  the collective body of those so organized
4.  a series of ordered groupings within a system, such as the arrangement of plants and animals into classes, orders, families, etc
5.  linguistics, maths ordering heterarchy Compare tree a formal structure, usually represented by a diagram of connected nodes, with a single uppermost element
6.  government by an organized priesthood
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin hierarchia, from Late Greek hierarkhia, from hierarkhēs high priest; see hiero-, -archy]
 
hier'archical
 
adj
 
hier'archic
 
adj
 
hier'archically
 
adv
 
'hierarchism
 
n

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hierarchy
c.1343, from O.Fr. ierarchie, from M.L. hierarchia "ranked division of angels" (in the system of Dionysius the Areopagite), from Gk. hierarchia "rule of a high priest," from hierarches "high priest, leader of sacred rites," from ta hiera "the sacred rites" (neut. pl. of hieros "sacred") + archein "to
lead, rule." Sense of "ranked organization of persons or things" first recorded 1619, initially of clergy, probably infl. by higher.
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