- (in ancient Greece) an official expounder of rites of worship and sacrifice.
- any interpreter of sacred mysteries or esoteric principles; mystagogue.
Origin of hierophant
Examples from the Web for hierophantic
Peace of the druid priests of Cymbeline: hierophantic: from wide earth an altar.Ulysses
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
- (in ancient Greece) an official high priest of religious mysteries, esp those of Eleusis
- a person who interprets and explains esoteric mysteries
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.