hi·​er·​arch | \ ˈhī-(ə-)ˌrärk How to pronounce hierarch (audio) \

Definition of hierarch

1 : a religious leader in a position of authority
2 : a person high in a hierarchy

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hierarchal \ ˌhī-​(ə-​)ˈrär-​kəl How to pronounce hierarchal (audio) \ adjective

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The affair follows a two-year-old drive by Archbishop Charles Thompson, the local hierarch, to make sure that Catholic teaching is observed in all the places under his purview. Erasmus, The Economist, "Why much is at stake in a tale of teachers in Middle America," 14 July 2019 Unfortunately the ability to communicate successfully across other barriers, whether geopolitical or simply personal, is currently eluding the Christians of the East, or at least their hierarchs. Erasmus, The Economist, "The gift of overcoming barriers eludes the world’s Orthodox Christians," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of hierarch

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hierarch

Middle English ierarchis, plural, from Medieval Latin hierarcha, from Greek hierarchēs, from hieros sacred + -archēs -arch

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