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hagiocracy

[hag-ee-ok-ruh-see, hey-jee-]
noun, plural hag·i·oc·ra·cies.
  1. government by a body of persons esteemed as holy.
  2. a state so governed.
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Also hagiarchy.

Origin of hagiocracy

First recorded in 1840–50; hagio- + -cracy
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British Dictionary definitions for hagiocracy

hagiocracy

noun plural -cies
  1. government by holy men
  2. a state, community, etc, governed by holy men
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