One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A chief priest, archbishop, or other leader.
- ‘Certainly there have been notable Orthodox hierarchs in this country and abroad, many of them Russians, whose vision of Orthodoxy and its catholic mission was a resplendent one.’
- ‘The works of their most respected theologians and thinkers are not only still unavailable in most of Russia's seminaries, but are also viewed by many hierarchs as heretical.’
- ‘Anselm of Canterbury, eleventh-century theologian, monk and Church hierarch, is arguably the major figure in the theological road from Augustine to Aquinas.’
- ‘A postulant who wishes to enter the spiritual life has a sponsor who presents him to the hierarch.’
- ‘Thirteen bishops of Great Russian origin and merely two Ukrainian hierarchs were consecrated in the 1760s.’
- ‘There is a mosaic in Ravenna portraying saints, martyrs, hierarchs, and faithful laity, each of them holding a crown that they will place at the feet of Christ.’
Late Middle English: via medieval Latin from Greek hierarkhēs, from hieros ‘sacred’ + arkhēs ‘ruler’.
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