[hahy-uh-rok-ruh-see, hahy-rok-]

noun, plural hi·er·oc·ra·cies.

rule or government by priests or ecclesiastics.

Origin of hierocracy

First recorded in 1785–95; hiero- + -cracy
Related formshi·er·o·crat·ic [hahy-er-uh-krat-ik, hahy-ruh-] /ˌhaɪ ər əˈkræt ɪk, ˌhaɪ rə-/, hi·er·o·crat·i·cal, adjective
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noun plural -cies

government by priests or ecclesiastics
Derived Formshierocratic (ˌhaɪərəˈkrætɪk) or hierocratical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for hierocracy

"rule or government by priests," 1794; see hierarchy + -cracy. Related: Hierocratic.

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