n. arrangement by rank or standing; series in which each element is graded or ranked
n. body of authoritative officials organized in nested ranks
To be low man on the totem pole is to have an inferior place in the hierarchy.
The final report of an extraordinary synod on the family has exposed deep divides in the church hierarchy.
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Such is the inevitable fate of men of action, and the higher they stand in the social hierarchy the less are they free.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy Context
It will be remembered, that at the battle of Inkermann a sergeant who had, it appears, saved the army, could not be mentioned by Lord Paglan, as the English military hierarchy does not permit any hero below the grade of an officer to be mentioned in the reports.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo Context
We may be stopped; the fact may be put to us in general terms, which is one way of attenuating it; we may be told, that all trades, professions, it may be added, all the accidents of the social hierarchy and all forms of intelligence, have their own slang.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo Context