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Originally, government by a body of priests. Now, the body of officersin any church or ecclesiastical institution. considered as forming an ascending series ofranks or degrees of power and authority, with the correlative subjection, each to theone next above. Derivatively, any body of men. taken in their public capacity, andconsidered as forming a chain of powers, as above described.


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