hi·er·arch (hīə-rärk′, hīrärk′)
1. One who occupies a position of authority in a religious hierarchy.
2. One who occupies a high position in a hierarchy: governmental hierarchs.
[From Middle English jerarchis, hierarchs, from Medieval Latin hierarcha, dignitary, prelate, from Greek hierarkhēs, high priest : hieros, holy; see eis- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -arkhēs, -arch.]
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