hierophant

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

noun

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

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Origin of hierophant

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

OTHER WORDS FROM hierophant

hi·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 forms of hierophant

hierophantic, adjectivehierophantically, adverb

Word Origin for hierophant

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