hierophant [ hahy-er- uh-fant, hahy-r uh-, hahy- er- uh-] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun (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
to show, make known
Related forms hi·er·o·phan·tic, adjective hi·er·o·phan·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for hierophantic Historical Examples of hierophantic
Peace of the druid priests of Cymbeline:
hierophantic: from wide earth an altar.
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. British Dictionary definitions for hierophantic 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 hierophantic, adjective hierophantically, 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 hierophantic adj.
1775, from Greek
herophantikos, from hierophantes (see 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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