celestial hierarchy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n celestial hierarchy the collective body of angels
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Celestial hierarchy the collective body of angels, grouped in three divisions and nine orders of different power and glory: (1) seraphim, cherubim, thrones; (2) dominations or dominions, virtues, powers; (3) principalities, archangels, angels
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. hierarchēshieros, sacred, archein, to rule.

Usage

In literature:

It is by no means impossible that there may be angels in the celestial hierarchy to whom it would be new and interesting.
"The Poet at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Woman assumed among kings and barons the importance which she was supposed to have in the celestial hierarchy.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
There was a celestial hierarchy, with heavenly hosts in specific places.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
TRINALL TRIPLICITIES, the threefold three orders of the celestial hierarchy according to the scholastic theologians.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
Even a real saint might swear under the circumstances, and be held excused by his peers in the celestial hierarchy.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
A member of the highest celestial hierarchy, Istar belonged to the choir of Cherubim or Kerubs who see above them the Seraphim alone.
"The Revolt of the Angels" by Anatole France
We can hardly doubt that the celestial hierarchy has often been recruited by the souls of the dead.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
Is it not a faint shadow and resemblance of the celestial hierarchy presented to us by our religion?
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 8 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The pure spirits composed the nine choirs of the celestial hierarchy.
"Astronomical Myths" by John F. Blake
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