hierarch

Definitions of hierarch
  1. noun
    a person who holds a high position in a hierarchy
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    type of:
    important person, influential person, personage
    a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
  2. noun
    a senior clergyman and dignitary
    synonyms: archpriest, high priest, prelate, primate
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    William Ralph Inge
    English prelate noted for his pessimistic sermons and articles (1860-1954)
    Francisco Jimenez de Cisneros
    prelate who was the confessor of Isabella I and who was later appointed Grand Inquisitor (1436-1517)
    John Henry Newman
    English prelate and theologian who (with John Keble and Edward Pusey) founded the Oxford movement; Newman later turned to Roman Catholicism and became a cardinal (1801-1890)
    Armand Jean du Plessis
    French prelate and statesman; principal minister to Louis XIII (1585-1642)
    Desmond Tutu
    South African prelate and leader of the antiapartheid struggle (born in 1931)
    James Ussher
    Irish prelate who deduced from the Bible that Creation occurred in the year 4004 BC (1581-1656)
    William of Wykeham
    English prelate and statesman; founded a college at Oxford and Winchester College in Winchester; served as chancellor of England and bishop of Winchester (1324-1404)
    Stefan Wyszynski
    Polish prelate who persuaded the Soviet to allow greater religious freedom in Poland (1901-1981)
    type of:
    priest
    a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
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