hierophantic

hierophant

[hahy-er-uh-fant, hahy-ruh-, hahy-er-uh-]
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:
1670–80; < Late Latin hierophanta < Greek hierophántēs, equivalent to hiero- hiero- + -phántēs, derivative of phaínein to show, make known

hierophantic, adjective
hierophantically, adverb
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hierophant (ˈhaɪərəˌfænt)
 
n
1.  (in ancient Greece) an official high priest of religious mysteries, esp those of Eleusis
2.  a person who interprets and explains esoteric mysteries
 
[C17: from Late Latin hierophanta, from Greek hierophantēs, from hiero- + phainein to reveal]
 
hiero'phantic
 
adj
 
hiero'phantically
 
adv

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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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