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psychopomp

[sahy-koh-pomp] /ˈsaɪ koʊˌpɒmp/
noun
1.
a person who conducts spirits or souls to the other world, as Hermes or Charon.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < Greek psȳchopompós conductor of souls. See psycho-, pomp
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Word Origin and History for psycho-pomp

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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