Definitions

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

  • n. See hagiarchy.

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  • n. Government by a priesthood; hierarchy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Government by a priesthood; hierarchy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Government by priests; sacerdotal dominion or supremacy; a hierarchy.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _ "hagiocracy," _ of the supreme influence of the priesthood and the rigid adherence to the law, with an inflexible hostility to heathen customs, ensued.

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  • “When the Son-of-the-Snake,” inquired Birnier, who had learned as much of the hagiocracy as Mungongo knew, “hath taken up the Burden, wilt thou then drive Eyes-in-the-hands from the country?”

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  • A related word is hagiocracy (a government by holy persons; also a place thus governed).

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  • They were harridans, engaged in a harangue of hermeneutics, harpooning his hyperbolic sense of hagiocracy, calling him a haggard hooligan hamming up a heedless hegemonic hullabaloo.

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