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hierocracy

[hahy-uh-rok-ruh-see, hahy-rok-] /ˌhaɪ əˈrɒk rə si, haɪˈrɒk-/
noun, plural hierocracies.
1.
rule or government by priests or ecclesiastics.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; hiero- + -cracy
Related forms
hierocratic
[hahy-er-uh-krat-ik, hahy-ruh-] /ˌhaɪ ər əˈkræt ɪk, ˌhaɪ rə-/ (Show IPA),
hierocratical, adjective
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  • It was found in all levels but perhaps it was worse the higher up in the hierocracy you went.
British Dictionary definitions for hierocracy

hierocracy

/ˌhaɪəˈrɒkrəsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
government by priests or ecclesiastics
Derived Forms
hierocratic (ˌhaɪərəˈkrætɪk), hierocratical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for hierocracy
n.

"rule or government by priests," 1794; see hierarchy + -cracy. Related: Hierocratic.

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