psychopomp

[ sahy-koh-pomp ]
/ ˈsaɪ koʊˌpɒmp /
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noun

a person who conducts spirits or souls to the other world, as Hermes or Charon.

Origin of psychopomp

First recorded in 1860–65, psychopomp is from the Greek word psȳchopompós conductor of souls. See psycho-, pomp
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Examples from the Web for psychopomp

  • Hermes himself, the Psychopomp, shall lead, and Malahide shall welcome us.

    Day and Night Stories|Algernon Blackwood
  • As the souls of the departed are symbolized as rats, so is the psychopomp himself often figured as a dog.

  • The rle of general conductor of souls to the realms of the underworld, however, came to be given to Hermes, the psychopomp.

Word Origin and History for psychopomp

psychopomp


n.

1835, from Greek psykhopompos "spirit-guide," a term applied to Charon, Hermes Trismegistos, Apollo; from psykhe (see psyche) + pompos "guide, conductor."

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