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hagiarchy

[hag-ee-ahr-kee, hey-jee-]
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noun, plural hag·i·arch·ies.
  1. hagiocracy.
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Origin of hagiarchy

First recorded in 1820–30; hagi- + -archy
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British Dictionary definitions for hagiarchy

hagiarchy

noun plural -archies
  1. government by saints, holy men, or men in holy orders
  2. an order of saints
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Word Origin and History for hagiarchy

n.

"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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