noun, plural hi·er·ar·chies.
Origin of hierarchy
Examples from the Web for hierarchies
But certainly we have all these hierarchies of what is considered great literature, and the canon can be dictatorial.
Netanyahu could also pressure the Haredi rabbis, taking advantage of the hierarchies within the community.
Such honor is often based on competition and, as one would expect, lends itself to hierarchies.
The hierarchies of the soul's dominion belong only to man, and it is right they should.
Truly there were hierarchies and powers, as Alfred Russel Wallace pointed out.The "Genius"|Theodore Dreiser
The musty wardrobes of forgotten hierarchies furnished costumes for the officers of the new prince.The Cradle of the Christ|Octavius Brooks Frothingham
It introduced patterns of interaction and hierarchies today interpreted wholesale as harmful to the entire development of women.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
At their feet were nine choirs of angels ranged by hierarchies upon the steps.The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6|E. Rameur
noun plural -chies
Word Origin for hierarchy
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.