Hierophant

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hierophant an advocate or spokesperson.
    • n Hierophant The presiding priest who initiated candidates at the Eleusinian mysteries;
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hierophant In ancient Greece, a teacher of the rites of sacrifice and worship; hence, a demonstrator of sacred mysteries or religious knowledge; a priest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hierophant hī′ėr-o-fant one who shows or reveals sacred things: a priest
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. hierophanta, hierophantes, Gr. "ierofa`nths; "iero`s sacred + fai`nein to show, make known: cf. F. hiérophante,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. hierophantēshieros, sacred, phainein, to show.

Usage

In literature:

I stood motionless under my hierophant's touch.
"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte
Long-stoled he walks; reverend, glancing upwards, as in rapt commerce; an Antique Egyptian Hierophant in this new age.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
I shall be hierophant.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
He blamed Dryden for sneering at the Hierophants of Apis.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Of this school, Mr. Leigh Hunt, as we observed in a former Number, aspires to be the hierophant.
"Early Reviews of English Poets" by John Louis Haney
Neither, we are told, did Emerson's, who was leader of men and hierophant.
"Irish Plays and Playwrights" by Cornelius Weygandt
This venerable personage was no other than the patrico, or hierophant of the Canting Crew.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
In the sacraments of Nagualism, Woman was the primate and hierophant.
"Nagualism" by Daniel G. Brinton
Thus the fair Hierophant again address'd.
"The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society" by Erasmus Darwin
He was the Hierophant in the Christian Mysteries, the direct Teacher of the Initiates.
"Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries" by Annie Besant
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In poetry:

Thus the East answers my appeal,
Denies, and so illudes, my want.
Alas! Could I but cease to feel,
Brahma should be my Hierophant.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
A crowned hierophant — a high Chief-Priest
On flame with robes of light, you used to be;
But yet you were as humble as the least
Of those who followed Him of Galilee.
"John Bede Polding" by Henry Kendall
I pernoctated with the Oxford students once,
And in the quadrangles, in the cloisters, on the Cher,
Precociously knocked at antique doors ajar,
Fatuously touched the hems of the Hierophants,
Sick of my dissonance;
"An American Addresses Philomela" by John Crowe Ransom