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hierophant

hierophant

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

Definition of HIEROPHANT

1
:  a priest in ancient Greece; specifically :  the chief priest of the Eleusinian mysteries
2
a :  expositor
b :  advocate 2
hi·ero·phan·tic \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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