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[hahy-er-uh-fant, hahy-ruh-, hahy-er-uh-] /ˈhaɪ ər əˌfænt, ˈhaɪ rə-, haɪˈɛr ə-/
(in ancient Greece) an official expounder of rites of worship and sacrifice.
any interpreter of sacred mysteries or esoteric principles; mystagogue.
Origin of hierophant
1670-80; < Late Latin hierophanta < Greek hierophántēs, equivalent to hiero- hiero- + -phántēs, derivative of phaínein to show, make known
Related forms
hierophantic, adjective
hierophantically, adverb Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Peace of the druid priests of Cymbeline: hierophantic: from wide earth an altar.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Abundant information is also supplied on this subject by that hierophantic naturalist, Aldrovandus, de Quadrup.

  • Few of my readers would understand these hierophantic words, were I to leave them unexplained.

    What is Property? P. J. Proudhon
British Dictionary definitions for hierophantic


(in ancient Greece) an official high priest of religious mysteries, esp those of Eleusis
a person who interprets and explains esoteric mysteries
Derived Forms
hierophantic, adjective
hierophantically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin hierophanta, from Greek hierophantēs, from hiero- + phainein to reveal
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Word Origin and History for hierophantic

1775, from Greek herophantikos, from hierophantes (see hierophant).



"expounder of sacred mysteries," 1670s, from Late Latin hierophantes, from Greek hierophantes "one who teaches the rites of sacrifice and worship," literally "one who shows sacred things," from hieros "sacred" (see ire) + phainein "to reveal, bring to light" (see phantasm). In modern use, "expounder of esoteric doctrines," from 1822.

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