[hahy-er-uh-fant, hahy-ruh-, hahy-er-uh-] /ˈhaɪ ər əˌfænt, ˈhaɪ rə-, haɪˈɛr ə-/
(in ancient Greece) an official expounder of rites of worship and sacrifice.
any interpreter of sacred mysteries or esoteric principles; mystagogue.
(in ancient Greece) an official high priest of religious mysteries, esp those of Eleusis
a person who interprets and explains esoteric mysteries
1775, from Greek herophantikos, from hierophantes (see hierophant).
“expounder of sacred mysteries,” 1670s, from Late Latin hierophantes, from Greek hierophantes “one who teaches the rites of sacrifice and worship,” literally “one who shows sacred things,” from hieros “sacred” (see ire) + phainein “to reveal, bring to light” (see phantasm). In modern use, “expounder of esoteric doctrines,” from 1822.
noun a fear of holy people, sacred objects Word Origin Greek hieros ‘sacred, holy’
[hahy-uh-rur-jee, hahy-rur-] /ˈhaɪ əˌrɜr dʒi, ˈhaɪ rɜr-/ noun, plural hierurgies. 1. a holy act or rite of worship.
[hahy] /haɪ/ verb (used without object), hied, hieing or hying. 1. to hasten; speed; go in haste. verb (used with object), hied, hieing or hying. 2. to hasten (oneself): Hie yourself down to this once-in-a-lifetime sale! /haɪ/ verb hies, hieing, hying, hied 1. (archaic or poetic) to hurry; hasten; speed abbreviation 1. (in Scotland) Highlands […]
[hahy-fuh-loot-n] /ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n/ adjective 1. . [hahy-fuh-loot-n] /ˌhaɪ fəˈlut n/ adjective, Informal. 1. pompous; bombastic; haughty; pretentious. /ˌhaɪfəˈluːtɪn/ adjective 1. a variant spelling of highfalutin /ˌhaɪfəˈluːtɪn/ adjective 1. (informal) pompous or pretentious adjective Overblown and pretentious; bombastic; stilted: take one with ideas less ”highfalutin’ ”/ stilted, overstrained, and as the Americans would say, hifalutin […]