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hierophant

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noun hi·ero·phant \ˈhī-(ə-)rə-ˌfant, hī-ˈer-ə-fənt\

Definition of hierophant

  1. 1 :  a priest in ancient Greece; specifically :  the chief priest of the Eleusinian mysteries

  2. 2 a :  expositor b :  advocate 2

hi·ero·phan·tic play \ˌhī-(ə-)rə-ˈfan-tik, (ˌ)hī-ˌer-ə-\ adjective


Examples of hierophant

  1. <as an early hierophant of birth control, Margaret Sanger had to face down often vehement opposition>



Origin of hierophant

Late Latin hierophanta, from Greek hierophantēs, from hieros + phainein to show — more at fancy


First Known Use: 1677


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