an advocate or intercessor.
(initial capital letter) the Holy Spirit; the Comforter.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for paraclete

comforter, intercessor, aider, consoler

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British Dictionary definitions for paraclete



rare a mediator or advocate



Christianity the Holy Ghost as comforter or advocate

Word Origin for Paraclete

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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