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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).]
-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.
What men call social virtues, good fellowship, is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter, which lie close together to keep each other warm. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)