- 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.
An example of a hierophant is a religious scholar able to translate the Dead Sea Scrolls.
hierophant definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Late Latin hierophanta ; from Classical Greek hierophantēs ; from hieros (see hiero-) plush phainein, to show (see fantasy)
- hierophantic adjective
hierophant definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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