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hi·er·ar·chy

 (hī′ə-rär′kē, hī′rär′-)
n. pl. hi·er·ar·chies
1. A group of persons or things organized into successive ranks or grades with each level subordinate to the one above: a career spent moving up through the military hierarchy.
2. Categorization or arrangement of a group of people or things into such ranks or grades: classification by hierarchy; discounting the effects of hierarchy.
3. A body of persons having authority: "his relations with Hitler and the Nazi hierarchy" (John Kenneth Galbraith).
4. A group of animals in which certain members or subgroups dominate or submit to others.
5. One of three main divisions of angels in traditional Christian angelology.

[Middle English ierarchie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin hierarchia, from Greek hierarkhiā, rule of a high priest, from hierarkhēs, high priest; see hierarch.]

hierarchy

(ˈhaɪəˌrɑːkɪ)
n, pl -chies
1. a system of persons or things arranged in a graded order
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a body of persons in holy orders organized into graded ranks
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the collective body of those so organized
4. (Biology) a series of ordered groupings within a system, such as the arrangement of plants and animals into classes, orders, families, etc
5. (Linguistics) linguistics maths a formal structure, usually represented by a diagram of connected nodes, with a single uppermost element. Compare ordering, heterarchy, tree6
6. (Mathematics) linguistics maths a formal structure, usually represented by a diagram of connected nodes, with a single uppermost element. Compare ordering, heterarchy, tree6
7. (Ecclesiastical Terms) government by an organized priesthood
[C14: from Medieval Latin hierarchia, from Late Greek hierarkhia, from hierarkhēs high priest; see hiero-, -archy]
ˌhierˈarchical, ˌhierˈarchic adj
ˌhierˈarchically adv
ˈhierˌarchism n

hi•er•ar•chy

(ˈhaɪ əˌrɑr ki, ˈhaɪ rɑr-)

n., pl. -chies.
1. any system of persons or things ranked one above another.
2. government by ecclesiastical rulers.
3. the power or dominion of a hierarch.
4. an organized body of ecclesiastical officials in successive ranks or orders: the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
5. one of the three divisions of the angels, each made up of three orders, conceived as constituting a graded body.
6. angels collectively.
[1300–50; Middle English jerarchie < Middle French ierarchie < Medieval Latin (h)ierarchia < Late Greek hierarchía rule or power of the high priest]

Hierarchy

 a body of officials arranged in ranks; each of three groups of angels; ecclesiastics, priests, or clergy, collectively.
Examples: hierarchy of angels, 1398; of being, 1875; of clergy, 1563; of concepts, 1864; of intelligence, 1875; of priests.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hierarchy - a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a systemhierarchy - a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system; "put honesty first in her hierarchy of values"
celestial hierarchy - the collective body of angels
data hierarchy - an arrangement of data consisting of sets and subsets such that every subset of a set is of lower rank than the set
taxonomy - a classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure or origin etc
system, scheme - a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole; "a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"
series - similar things placed in order or happening one after another; "they were investigating a series of bank robberies"
2.hierarchy - the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
organization, organisation - a group of people who work together
governance, governing body, organisation, administration, brass, establishment, organization - the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment"
hierarch - a person who holds a high position in a hierarchy

hierarchy

noun grading, ranking, social order, pecking order, class system, social stratum Even in the desert there was a kind of social hierarchy.
Quotations
"We rank ourselves by the familiar dog system, a ladderlike social arrangement wherein one individual outranks all others, the next outranks all but the first, and so on down the hierarchy" [Elizabeth Marshall Thomas Strong and Sensitive Cats]
"In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence" [Laurence Peter The Peter Principle]
Translations
مراتِب، درجات، نِظام درجات
hierarchie
hierakirangorden
hierarkia
hijerarhija
hierarchia
stigveldi, stigskipt kerfi
hierarchijahierarchinis
hierarhija
hierarchia
aşama sırasıhiyerarşi

hierarchy

[ˈhaɪərɑːkɪ] Njerarquía f

hierarchy

[ˈhaɪərɑːrki] nhiérarchie f

hierarchy

nHierarchie f

hierarchy

[ˈhaɪəˌrɑːkɪ] n (frm) → gerarchia

hierarchy

(ˈhaiəraːki) noun
(an) arrangement (of usually people in a group, also things etc) in order of rank, importance etc.
hieˈrarchical (-ˈraː-) adjective

Notice the second r in hierarchy.
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