hierophant

[ hahy-er-uh-fant, hahy-ruh-, hahy-er-uh- ]
/ ˈhaɪ ər əˌfænt, ˈhaɪ rə-, haɪˈɛr ə- /
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noun

(in ancient Greece) an official expounder of rites of worship and sacrifice.
any interpreter of sacred mysteries or esoteric principles; mystagogue.

Nearby words

  1. hieromonk,
  2. hieron,
  3. hieronymic,
  4. hieronymite,
  5. hieronymus,
  6. hierophantic,
  7. hierurgy,
  8. hifalutin,
  9. higashiosaka,
  10. higashiyama

Origin of hierophant

1670–80; < Late Latin hierophanta < Greek hierophántēs, equivalent to hiero- hiero- + -phántēs, derivative of phaínein to show, make known

Related formshi·er·o·phan·tic, adjectivehi·er·o·phan·ti·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for hierophant

hierophant

/ (ˈhaɪərəˌfænt) /

noun

(in ancient Greece) an official high priest of religious mysteries, esp those of Eleusis
a person who interprets and explains esoteric mysteries
Derived Formshierophantic, adjectivehierophantically, adverb

Word Origin for hierophant

C17: from Late Latin hierophanta, from Greek hierophantēs, from hiero- + phainein to reveal

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Word Origin and History for hierophant

hierophant

n.

"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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