Origin of hierophant
Examples from the Web for hierophant
Rathunor was satisfied, never forgetting the Hierophant's sacred words, and none other need be consulted.Within the Temple of Isis|Belle M. Wagner
Eunapius, in Vita Maxim, says: "I may not tell the name of him who was then hierophant, for it was he who initiated me."The Eleusinian Mysteries and Rites|Dudley Wright
It is equally inconceivable that Daniel should have accepted the position of a hierophant in a polytheistic cult.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Daniel|F. W. Farrar
The chief priest, the hierophant, was a man of irreproachable character, and held the office for life on condition of celibacy.Greek Women|Mitchell Carroll
Dr. Macduff disavows all pretensions to be a hierophant of the mysteries of the Apocalypse.
Word Origin for 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.