hierarch

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Late Latin hierarcha, Greek ἱεράρχης, hierarchēs; sacred (akin to Sanskrit ishiras vigorous, fresh, blooming) + leader, ruler, from to lead, rule: compare French hiérarque

Noun[edit]

hierarch (plural hierarchs)

  1. One who has high and controlling authority in sacred things; the chief of a sacred order; as, princely hierarchs.
  2. (Eastern Orthodoxy) A title of bishops in their role as ordinaries (arbiters of canon law) over their respective dioceses.

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