Definition of hierophant in English:

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hierophant

Pronunciation: /ˈhī(ə)rəˌfant/

noun

A person, especially a priest in ancient Greece, who interprets sacred mysteries or esoteric principles.
Example sentences
  • The dedicatory inscription on a statue base found in the Agora Excavations throws new light on relations between families of hierophants and daduchs in the late second and early third century A.D.
  • As it happens, we know the hierophants who served from the reign of Antoninus Pius to ca. 191: Flavius Leosthenes and Julius Hierophantes.
  • The father of Apollonios the hierophant was, as mentioned above, C. Iulius Casianus Apollonios of Steiria.

Derivatives

hierophantic

Pronunciation: /ˌhī(ə)rəˈfantik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The priest, whether Hindu or Catholic, had a hierophantic role attached to his ritual and art of communion with the beyond.
  • The French Gnostic Tradition is hierophantic in nature and transmission.
  • The Gospel of Thomas represents a partial record of his activities as teacher, although indications of his hierophantic mysteries are present also.

Origin

Late 17th century: via late Latin from Greek hierophantēs, from hieros 'sacred' + phainein 'show, reveal'.

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