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[hag-ee-ahr-kee, hey-jee-] /ˈhæg iˌɑr ki, ˈheɪ dʒi-/

noun, plural hagiarchies.
noun (pl) -archies
government by saints, holy men, or men in holy orders
an order of saints

“government by persons in holy orders,” 1826; see hagiology + -archy. Not to be confused with hagiocracy “government by persons considered holy” (1846); -cracy.


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