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Definition a ranking — typically by importance; or something with such a ranking — such as an organization of people
  • In two years, she hopes to have her bosses spot in the corporate hierarchy.
hierarchy = organization of job titles and reporting structure (or the chart depicting it)
  • He is just below the King in the Saudi hierarchy.
  • Anna Pavlovna greeted him with the nod she accorded to the lowest hierarchy in her drawing room.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I refuse to make a hierarchy of human actions and ascribe worthiness to some and ill-repute to others.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Round Kim was an adoring hierarchy of kings, elders, and old-time Buddhas.
    Kipling, Rudyard  --  Kim
  • As privates of the industrial army they are placed under the command of a perfect hierarchy of officers and sergeants.
    Marx, Karl & Engles, Frederick  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • ...she still had to divide her food into tiny little piles-a hierarchy I didn't quite understand involving color and consistency
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • hierarchy = a ranking — typically by importance; or something with such a ranking — such as an organization of people
  • I had just taken a very big step up in the hierarchy of the monster.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • hierarchy = levels
  • They don't see any hierarchical gap between themselves and the pilots in the air,
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • hierarchical = classification by importance
  • You humans are so lost and damaged that to you it is almost incomprehensible that relationship could exist apart from hierarchy.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • hierarchy = a ranking by importance
  • Kingdoms, empires, churches, armies have all been structured into hierarchies.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • hierarchies = something divided into levels — typically by importance
  • But it was also clear that an all-round increase in wealth threatened the destruction — indeed, in some sense was the destruction — of a hierarchical society.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • hierarchical = having a structure that ranks people by importance
  • Natural ingenuity, instinct for what is elegant, a supple mind are their sole hierarchy, and often make of women of the people the equals of the very greatest ladies.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • hierarchy = (basis of) ranking — typically by importance
  • put honesty first in her hierarchy of values
  • SAYYADINA: feminine acolyte in the Fremen religious hierarchy.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Three years afterwards he gave new offence to Laud by publishing a pamphlet against the hierarchy.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Oscar would be starting from near the bottom of the military hierarchy and would have to work his way up the chain of command step-by-step.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Prose free of racial hierarchy and triumphalism.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Three assets kept showing up in the hierarchy.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • And like school, jail was an artificial society, with its own hierarchy and rules.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes

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