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 (hī′ə-rŏk′rə-sē, hī-rŏk′-)
n. pl. hi·er·oc·ra·cies
Government by the clergy; ecclesiastical rule.

hi′er·o·crat′ic (hī′ər-ə-krăt′ĭk, hī′rə-krăt′-), hi′er·o·crat′i·cal adj.
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n, pl -cies
(Ecclesiastical Terms) government by priests or ecclesiastics
hierocratic, ˌhieroˈcratical adj
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(ˌhaɪ əˈrɒk rə si, haɪˈrɒk-)

n., pl. -cies.
rule or government by priests or ecclesiastics.
hi•er•o•crat•ic (ˌhaɪ ər əˈkræt ɪk, ˌhaɪ rə-) hi`er•o•crat′i•cal, adj.
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See also: Catholicism
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Noun1.hierocracy - a ruling body composed of clergy
theocracy - a political unit governed by a deity (or by officials thought to be divinely guided)
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