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hierophant

[hahy-er-uh-fant, hahy-ruh-, hahy-er-uh-] /ˈhaɪ ər əˌfænt, ˈhaɪ rə-, haɪˈɛr ə-/
noun
1.
(in ancient Greece) an official expounder of rites of worship and sacrifice.
2.
any interpreter of sacred mysteries or esoteric principles; mystagogue.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Late Latin hierophanta < Greek hierophántēs, equivalent to hiero- hiero- + -phántēs, derivative of phaínein to show, make known
Related forms
hierophantic, adjective
hierophantically, adverb
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  • He keeps his secrets too closely to afford much aid to the hierophant.
British Dictionary definitions for hierophant

hierophant

/ˈhaɪərəˌfænt/
noun
1.
(in ancient Greece) an official high priest of religious mysteries, esp those of Eleusis
2.
a person who interprets and explains esoteric mysteries
Derived Forms
hierophantic, adjective
hierophantically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin hierophanta, from Greek hierophantēs, from hiero- + phainein to reveal
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Word Origin and History for hierophant
hierophant
"expounder of sacred mysteries," 1677, from L.L. hierophantes, from Gk. hieros "sacred" + phainein "to reveal, bring to light" (see phantasm).
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