any system of persons or things ranked one above another.
government by ecclesiastical rulers.
the power or dominion of a hierarch.
an organized body of ecclesiastical officials in successive ranks or orders:
the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
one of the three divisions of the angels, each made up of three orders, conceived as constituting a graded body.
Also called celestial hierarchy. the collective body of angels.
government by an elite group.
Linguistics. the system of levels according to which a language is organized, as phonemic, morphemic, syntactic, or semantic.
noun (pl) -chies
a system of persons or things arranged in a graded order
a body of persons in holy orders organized into graded ranks
the collective body of those so organized
a series of ordered groupings within a system, such as the arrangement of plants and animals into classes, orders, families, etc
(linguistics, maths) a formal structure, usually represented by a diagram of connected nodes, with a single uppermost element Compare ordering, heterarchy, tree (sense 6)
government by an organized priesthood
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.
to steal (cargo) from a truck or other vehicle after forcing it to stop: to hijack a load of whiskey. to rob (a vehicle) after forcing it to stop: They hijacked the truck before it entered the city. to seize (a vehicle) by force or threat of force. to . to engage in such stealing […]
any of certain compounds or medicines that neutralize or inhibit the effect of in the body, used chiefly in the treatment of allergic disorders and colds. Contemporary Examples Elvis also had the painkillers morphine and Demerol; tranquilizers Placidyl and Valium; and Chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine. Elvis’s Doctor Speaks Gerald Posner August 13, 2009 “He gave me […]
of or relating to an or its effect. an antihistaminic agent, as a drug. antihistaminic an·ti·his·ta·min·ic (ān’tē-hĭs’tə-mĭn’ĭk) adj. Tending to neutralize or antagonize the action of histamine or inhibit its production in the body. n. An antihistaminic drug.
of, pertaining to, treating, or characteristic of or past events: historical records; historical research. based on or reconstructed from an event, custom, style, etc., in the past: a historical reenactment of the battle of Gettysburg. having once existed or lived in the real world, as opposed to being part of legend or fiction or as […]