n. government by clerics.
   ♦ hierocratic, a.

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  • Hierocracy — Hi er*oc ra*cy, n. [Gr. iero s sacred + ? to be strong, rule.] Government by ecclesiastics; a hierarchy. Jefferson …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hierocracy — rule or government by priests, 1794; see HIERARCHY (Cf. hierarchy) + CRACY (Cf. cracy). Related: Hierocratic …   Etymology dictionary

  • hierocracy — [hī΄ər äk′rə sē] n. pl. hierocracies [ HIERO + CRACY] government by priests or other clergy; a hierarchy hierocratic [hī΄ər ō΄krat′ik] adj. hierocratical …   English World dictionary

  • hierocracy — hierocratic /huy euhr euh krat ik, huy reuh /, hierocratical, adj. /huy euh rok reuh see, huy rok /, n., pl. hierocracies. rule or government by priests or ecclesiastics. [1785 95; HIERO + CRACY] * * * …   Universalium

  • hierocracy — noun Government by ecclesiastics …   Wiktionary

  • hierocracy — government by priests or religious ministers Forms of Government …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • hierocracy — [hʌɪ rɒkrəsi] noun (plural hierocracies) rule by priests. ↘a ruling body of priests. Derivatives hierocratic adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • hierocracy — hi·er·oc·ra·cy …   English syllables

  • hierocracy — hi•er•oc•ra•cy [[t]ˌhaɪ əˈrɒk rə si, haɪˈrɒk [/t]] n. pl. cies gov rel rule or government by priests or ecclesiastics • Etymology: 1785–95 hi•er•o•crat•ic ˌhaɪ ər əˈkræt ɪk, ˌhaɪ rə hi er•o•crat′i•cal, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • hierocracy — Rulership by the church or by church officials …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • hierocracy — /haɪəˈrɒkrəsi/ (say huyuh rokruhsee) noun (plural hierocracies) rule or government by priests or ecclesiastics. {hiero + cracy} –hierocrat /ˈhaɪərəkræt/ (say huyuhruhkrat), noun –hierocratic /haɪərəˈkrætɪk/ (say huyuhruh kratik), adjective …  

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