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Hierarch \Hi"er*arch\ (h[imac]"[~e]r*[aum]rk`), n. [LL. hierarcha, Gr. ?; "iero`s sacred (akin to Skr. ishiras vigorous, fresh, blooming) + ? leader, ruler, fr. ? to lead, rule: cf. F. hi['e]rarque.] One who has high and controlling authority in sacred things; the chief of a sacred order; as, princely hierarchs.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1570s, from Medieval Latin hierarcha, from Greek hierarkhes "leader of sacred rites, high priest" (see hierarchy).


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


n. a senior clergyman and dignitary [syn: archpriest, high priest, prelate, primate]

Usage examples of "hierarch".

I was passing this way anyhow, he asked me to stop by and deliver a message to Agachak, the Hierarch of Rak Urga.

Jaharb, Chief Elder at Mount Kahsha, for the ears of Agachak, Hierarch of Rak Urga.

Agachak, the Hierarch of Rak Urga, was a cadaverous-looking man with a long beard.

Summerfield was talking quietly into the prince regents left ear Sisel, Hierarch of Southmarch, had been given the position of honor on Kendricks other hand.

Avin Brone asked Hierarch Sisel when the twins had passed from earshot.

Hierarch Sisel, in his finest red-and-silver robes, stood and took his place in front of the coffin to begin the funeral oration.

Ive spent time, a great deal of time lately, talking to the Hierarch Sisel about it, you know.

Barrick Eddon was down on one knee, facing the altar where Sisel told the blessing, the ancient Hierosolme phrases rolling from the hierarchs tongue like the meaningless babble of a fast-running stream.

Hierarch Sisel, and though it trembled, his voice was surprisingly strong.

Two Trigonate mantises spoke on behalf of Hierarch Sisels ecclesiastical court, which believed it had jurisdiction over the town court in a particular case.

She remembered the previous Hierarch, Istella, who had been the grandmother of the Gilarra, the current Suffragan, the second in power to the Hierarch himself.

Hierarch tends to delegate this sort of case to the Suffragan Gilarra.

Zavahl died, two newborns born in the Precincts would be nominated to the roles of Suffragan and Hierarch.

As Brek expected, the hierarch resented the assumption of equality in that look.

These colors, falling upon the throng of monomachists and loungers much as we see the aureate beams of divine favor fall on hierarchs in art, lent them an appearance insubstantial and thaumaturgic, as though they had all been produced a moment before by the flourish of a cloth and would vanish into the air again at a whistle.