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  1. an advocate or intercessor.
  2. (initial capital letter) the Holy Spirit; the Comforter.
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Origin of paraclete

1400–50; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin Paraclētus < Late Greek Paráklētos comforter, literally, (person) called in (to help), verbid of parakaleîn (equivalent to para- para-1 + kaleîn to call); replacing late Middle English paraclit < Medieval Latin Paraclītus, representing Medieval Greek Paráklētos
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  1. rare a mediator or advocate
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  1. Christianity the Holy Ghost as comforter or advocate
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Word Origin

C15: via Old French from Church Latin Paraclētus, from Late Greek Paraklētos advocate, from Greek parakalein to summon as a helper, from para- 1 + kalein to call
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Word Origin and History for paraclete


mid-15c., Paraclit, a title of the Holy Spirit, from Old French paraclet (13c.), from Medieval Latin paracletus, from Greek parakletos "advocate, intercessor, legal assistant," noun use of adjective meaning "called to one's aid," from parakalein "to call to one's aid," in later use "to comfort, to console," from para (see para- (1)) + kalein "to call" (see claim (v.)).

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