Part of speech: noun

A body of organized ecclesiastical rulers; clerical or priestly government.

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Usage examples "hierarchy":

  1. The revolution sought the establishment of ancient liberty; Napoleon restored the military hierarchy of the middle ages. - "History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814", F. A. M. Miguet.
  2. The function of true criticism is to establish a definite hierarchy among the great artists of the past, as well as to test the production of the present; by the combination of these activities it asserts the organic unity of all art. - "Aspects of Literature", J. Middleton Murry.
  3. They could be no longer deceived now that the Chief of the new hierarchy had addressed them in round Saxon terms, about the meaning of which there could be no mistake. - "Pius IX. And His Time", The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson.