Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Government by people considered to be holy, such as priests or saints. Also called hagiocracy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sacred government run by holy people.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sacred government; government by holy orders of men.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sacred or sacerdotal government; government by the priests or clergy.

Etymologies

hagio- + -archy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thus the gods and goddesses involved with water and corn were vital among the hagiarchy and the tribute to them was a lively and colorful celebration of the music, dance and products of the people.

    Guelaguetza

  • Then with the separation of Mexico and the other American colonies from Spain a more marked change was brought about in that direct communication was established with the mother country, and the absolutism of the hagiarchy first questioned by the numbers of

    The Social Cancer

  • a hagiarchy that had its face toward the past and either could not or would not move with the current of the times.

    The Social Cancer

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