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Pronunciation: hi'er-ar-ke, hi-rar'ke


  1. Any system of people or things ranked one above the other.
  2. In psychology and psychiatry, an organization of habits or concepts in which simpler components are combined to form increasingly complex integrations.

[G. hierarchia, rule or power of the high priest]

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