The definition of a hierophant is a priest of ancient Greece who interpreted religious mysteries, or a person who is able to explain the religious or ancient mysteries.noun
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- in ancient Greece, a priest of a mystery cult
- a person confidently expounding, explaining, or promoting something mysterious or obscure as though appointed to do so
Origin: LL hierophanta < Gr hierophantēs < hieros (see hiero-) + phainein, to show (see fantasy)
- hierophantic adjective
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- An ancient Greek priest who interpreted sacred mysteries, especially the priest of the Eleusinian mysteries.
- An interpreter of sacred mysteries or arcane knowledge.
- One who explains or makes a commentary.
Origin: Late Latin hierophanta, from Greek hierophantēs : hieros, holy; see eis- in Indo-European roots + -phantēs, one who shows (from phainein, phan-, to show; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots).
- hiˌer·o·phanˈtic adjective