Hermes Trismegistus


Her·​mes Tris·​me·​gis·​tus ˈhər-(ˌ)mēz-ˌtri-smə-ˈji-stəs How to pronounce Hermes Trismegistus (audio)
: a legendary author of works embodying magical, astrological, and alchemical doctrines

Word History


Medieval Latin, from Greek Hermēs trismegistos, literally, Hermes thrice greatest

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hermes Trismegistus was in 1583

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“Hermes Trismegistus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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