- rule or government by priests or ecclesiastics.
Origin of hierocracy
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Examples from the Web for hierocracy
The form of government is far nearer a democracy than a hierocracy.The Expositor's Bible:The Book of Numbers
Robert A. Watson
When a hierocracy has been firmly established its evolution always follows similar lines.Tales of Bengal
S. B. Banerjea
And indeed this is the fatal result of every theocracy, for it can never really be anything but a hierocracy or rule of priests.
He met the inevitable demand of the hierocracy, "By what authority doest thou these things?"Religion and the War
- government by priests or ecclesiastics
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Word Origin and History for hierocracy
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