Definition of psychopomp in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsīkōˌpämp/
(also psychopompos /ˌsīkōˈpämpəs/ /-ˈpämpäs/)


1(In Greek mythology) a guide of souls to the place of the dead.
Example sentences
  • Beelzebub was originally called Baal-Zebul, meaning ‘Baal, the Lord’ a widely worshipped Philistine God-King, who was said to be a psychopompos, a guardian of souls (again).
  • There is some folklore in England & Scotland which suggests that the owl was thought of as a harbinger of death and a psychopomp.
1.1The spiritual guide of a living person’s soul.
Example sentences
  • Most practitioners will be used to psychopomp work, and will be able to locate the spirit and guide it on to wherever it's supposed to be.
  • Purification is one of the shaman's tasks, along with healing, psychopomp work, and communicating with nature spirits.


From Greek psukhopompos, from psukhē 'soul' + pompos 'conductor'.

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Syllabification: psy·cho·pomp

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