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A.Word.A.Day--hierarch

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This week's theme: words for bosses, officials, and leaders.

hierarch (HY-uh-rark) noun

A high-ranking person.

[From Latin hierarcha, from Greek hierarkhes (high priest), from hieros (sacred) + arkhes (ruling), from arkhein (to be first, to rule).]

See more usage examples of hierarch in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"But the sense among delegates at Blackpool is good, the party hierarchs are pleased - and the press has been kind." Martin Kettle; Good in Parts; The Guardian (London, UK); Oct 3, 2007.

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