Par·​a·​clete ˈper-ə-ˌklēt How to pronounce Paraclete (audio)

Examples of Paraclete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No one responded to messages left Friday for the Servants of the Paraclete. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 30 June 2023

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Word History


Middle English Paraclit, Paraclyte, borrowed from Late Latin Paraclētus, Paraclītus "advocate, comforter," borrowed from Greek paráklētos "advocate, helper, comforter," an epithet of the Holy Spirit in the Gospel of John (as John 14:26), derivative of paráklētos, adjective, "called to one's aid," verbal adjective of parakaleîn "to call in, send for, summon, exhort, comfort, console," from para- para- entry 1 + kaléō, kaleîn "to call, summon" — more at low entry 3

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Paraclete was in the 15th century

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“Paraclete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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