pharmakos

noun phar·ma·kos \ˈfärməˌkäs\

Definition of pharmakos

plural

pharmakoi

\-ˌkȯi\
  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of pharmakos

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


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