paraclete

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French paraclit, from Late Latin paraclet, from Latin paracletus (advocate, defender, helper, protector, conforter), from Ancient Greek παράκλητος (paraklētos, called to help, helper), from παρά (para, beside) + καλέω (kaleō, I call)

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paraclete (plural paracletes)

  1. An advocate, especially the Holy Spirit.
    • 1963, Anthony Burgess, Inside Mr Enderby
      He passed a block of bright posters. One of them extolled domestic gas: a smiling toy paraclete called Mr Therm presided over a sort of warm Holy Family.
    • 1963, Thomas Pynchon, V.
      The matter of a Paraclete’s coming, the comforter, the dove; the tongues of flame, the gift of tongues: Pentecost. Third Person of the Trinity.

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Noun[edit]

parāclēte

  1. vocative singular of parāclētus