Paraclete

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From Old French paraclit, from Late Latin paraclētus, from Ancient Greek παράκλητος (paráklētos, one called to help, helper; comforter; protector, defender; (legal) advocate), from παρά (pará, beside) + κλητός (klētós, called, invited [one]). The Greek term is used repeatedly in the New Testament as an epithet of the Holy Spirit.

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Paraclete

  1. (Christianity) The Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, especially in its role as comforter of the faithful.
    • 1893, Lionel Johnson, The Dark Angel, lines 33-36:
      Apples of ashes, golden bright; / Waters of bitterness, how sweet! / O banquet of a foul delight, / Prepared by thee, dark Paraclete!
    • 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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