epopt

noun
ep·​opt | \ ˈeˌpäpt \
plural -s

Definition of epopt

1 plural also epoptae\ eˈpäpˌtē \ or epoptai\ eˈpäpˌtī \ : an initiate in the highest grade of the Eleusinian mysteries
2 : one instructed in a secret system

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History and Etymology for epopt

Greek epoptēs, literally, overseer, watcher, from epopteuein to watch, supervise, be admitted to the highest grade of the Eleusinian mysteries, from epi- + opteuein to see

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“Epopt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epopt. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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