pharmakos

noun
phar·​ma·​kos | \ ˈfärməˌkäs \
plural pharmakoi\ -​ˌkȯi \

Definition of pharmakos

: a person often already condemned to death sacrificed in ancient Greece as a means of purification or atonement for a city or community

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History and Etymology for pharmakos

Greek, probably irregular from pharmakon medicine, charm + -ikos -ic

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“Pharmakos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pharmakos. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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