hierarchy

[ hahy-uh-rahr-kee, hahy-rahr- ]SEE DEFINITION OF hierarchy
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There is no hierarchy in Buddhism: it is a religion of absolute freedom.

Army, state, and hierarchy were its visible representatives.

Nowhere do you find a hierarchy more prevalent than among them.

The hierarchy was as imposing as in Spain, and its dominion and influence greater.

He was a practical man who meant to increase the power of the hierarchy.

In 1688 the cause of the hierarchy was for a moment that of the popular party.

How this hierarchy is to get its wisdom they do not explain.

We do not know where we now stand in the hierarchy of created intelligences.

Upon the necessity for a hierarchy and a mystic ritual he insisted.

Great City Snobs are the next in the hierarchy, and ought to be considered.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Old French ierarchie, from Medieval Latin hierarchia "ranked division of angels" (in the system of Dionysius the Areopagite), from Greek hierarkhia "rule of a high priest," from hierarkhes "high priest, leader of sacred rites," from ta hiera "the sacred rites" (neuter plural of hieros "sacred;" see ire) + arkhein "to lead, rule" (see archon). Sense of "ranked organization of persons or things" first recorded 1610s, initially of clergy, sense probably influenced by higher. Related: Hierarchal; hierarchical.

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apparatus

nounorganization or system
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