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hierarchies


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hierarchy  \Hi"er*arch`y\,  n.;  pl  {Hierarchies}.  [Gr.  ?:  cf  F. 
  hi['e]rarchie.] 
  1.  Dominion  or  authority  in  sacred  things 
 
  2.  A  body  of  officials  disposed  organically  in  ranks  and 
  orders  each  subordinate  to  the  one  above  it  a  body  of 
  ecclesiastical  rulers. 
 
  3.  A  form  of  government  administered  in  the  church  by 
  patriarchs,  metropolitans,  archbishops,  bishops,  and  in 
  an  inferior  degree,  by  priests.  --Shipley. 
 
  4.  A  rank  or  order  of  holy  beings. 
 
  Standards  and  gonfalons  .  .  .  for  distinction  serve 
  Of  hierarchies,  of  orders  and  degrees.  --Milton. 




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