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a combining form meaning “sacred,” “priestly,” used in the formation of compound words: hierocracy.
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Also especially before a vowel, hier-.
Origin of hiero-
<Greek hieró(s) holy, sacred
Words nearby hiero-
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How to use hiero- in a sentence
Archimedes is said to have obtained the friendship and confidence of Hiero by the following incident.
There are three fountains of water in the whole island of Hiero, wherein the fountain tree grows.
Archimedes, who was overseer of the work, spent a whole year in finishing it, Hiero daily animating the workmen with his presence.
In Sicily she preserved the most intimate alliance with Hiero, tyrant of Syracuse, for fifty years.History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2|Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
How he laid the foundation of Hydrostatics is familiar to everyone, through the story of Hiero's crown.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)|John William Draper
British Dictionary definitions for hiero-
before a vowel hier-
holy or divinehierocracy; hierarchy
Word Origin for hiero-
from Greek, from hieros
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