Definitions

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

  • n. Government or rule by a god or by priests; theocracy.
  • n. A hierarchy of gods.

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  • n. rule by gods

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Government by God; divine sovereignty; theocracy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Government by God; also, theocracy.
  • n. A body of divine rulers; an order or system of deities.

Etymologies

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theo- + -archy

Examples

  • The threat of thearchy: a resurgence of demands for "rule by God" -- and of widespread fundamentalist thinking -- could bode ill for world peace, says a business futurist.

    OpEdNews - Diary: How Will the World End?

  • The Siouan thearchy was invoked and adored by means of forms and ceremonies, as well as through orisons.

    The Siouan Indians

  • The organization of the vague Siouan thearchy appears to have varied from group to group.

    The Siouan Indians

  • Commonly the arts and the skill of the mystical huntsman improve from youth to adolescence and from generation to generation, so that the later animals appear to be easier snared or slain than the earlier; moreover, the accounts of conflicts between men and animals grow by repetition and are gilded by imagination as memory grows dim; and for these and other reasons the notion grows up that the ancient animals were stronger, swifter, slier, statelier, deadlier than their modern representatives, and the hierarchy of petty gods is exalted into an omnipotent thearchy.

    The Siouan Indians

  • As among so many peoples, the sun is a prominent element; the ice-monsters of the north and the rain-myths of the arid region are lacking, and are replaced by the frequent thunder and the trees shaken by the storm-winds; the mythic creatures are shaped in the image of the indigenous animals and birds; the myths center in the local rocks and waters; the mysterious thearchy corresponds with the tribal hierarchy, and the attributes ascribed to the deities are those characteristic of warriors and hunters.

    The Siouan Indians

  • I think personally I just dislike the central conceit behind his Messenger Chronicles—Aseneshesh’s thearchy, the messengers, Chan.

    Lit Bits

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