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From Ancient Greek θεαρχία (thearkhía), from θεός (theós, god) + -αρχία (-arkhía, rule, ruling).[1]


thearchy (plural thearchies)

  1. A government ruled by God or a god; a theocracy.
    • 1643, Subject of Supremacie, 42:
      There ends Monarchy as a Thearchie, or divine dynastie.
    • 1643, Maximes Unfolded, 8:
      Thearchie, or Gods Government in Families, a Nation, and all Nations.
    • 1863, G.J. Whyte-Melville, Gladiators, I 254:
      [The Jew's] belief in that direct thearchy, to which he was bound by the ties of gratitude.
  2. A system or ordering of deities. (Compare pantheon.)
    • 1852, P.J. Bailey, Festus, 11:
      From rank to rank in Thearchy divine, We angel raylets gladden in thy sight.
    1876, W.E. Gladstone, Homeric Synchronism, 245:
    Pan was one of the younger gods in the Hellenic thearchy.
    • 1899 Dec. 1, Literary Guide, 178 1:
      When Jesus entered upon his ministry, the Olympian thearchy...was already tottering to its fall.

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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary. "Thearchy, n."