epopt

noun

ep·​opt
ˈeˌpäpt
plural -s
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

Word History

Etymology

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 20 Jun. 2024.

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