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

  • n. Government by the clergy; ecclesiastical rule.

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  • n. Government by ecclesiastics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Government by ecclesiastics; a hierarchy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Government by or dominant influence of ecclesiastics; hierarchy.
  • n. The sacerdotal class; priests collectively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a ruling body composed of clergy


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hiero- + -cracy


  • The entire Repug hierocracy is engaging in ‘Revisionist History’.

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  • I think there is a little hierocracy on the Republican side of the isle right now.

    CNN Transcript Nov 22, 2009

  • CHOPRA: Well, I think it's impossible to separate politics from everything else, from religion, politics, economics, they are all part of a tangled hierocracy.

    CNN Transcript Sep 29, 2004

  • It will therefore perhaps appear all the more extraordinary that Buddhism, in consequence of the efforts of the reformer Thong-Kaba, has developed in Tibet a formal hierarchy and hierocracy in Lamaism (Lama = Brahma).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Special attention was directed to such provisions of the Pentateuch as were of immediate importance for the people in the circumstances of the day -- the greater part of the whole work is about the ritual of the priests -- and those were in particular insisted on which refer to the contributions of the laity to the priesthood, on which the very existence of the hierocracy depended.


  • Abner and Amasa, or to attribute to him any conspiracy with the hierocracy for the destruction of Saul, and thus to deprive him of the authorship of the elegy in 2Samuel i, which certainly was not the work of a hypocrite.


  • It was not because tradition gave the Law and the hierocracy and the _Deus ex Machina_ as sole efficient factor in the sacred narrative, but because these elements were felt to be missing, that they were thus introduced.


  • For under the last-named the secularisation of the hierocracy no longer presented any attractive aspects; it was wholly repellent.


  • Samuel's relation to Saul and David is based on the erroneous assumption that Samuel had the hierocracy to rest on in his acts of opposition to the monarchy.


  • God and the law could not but be forced into the background if a warlike kingdom, retaining indeed the forms of a hierocracy, but really violating its spirit at every point, should ever grow out of a mere pious community.



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