psychopomp

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ψυχοπομπός ‎(psukhopompós), from ψυχο- ‎(psukho-, psycho-) + πομπός ‎(pompós, conductor).

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psychopomp ‎(plural psychopomps)

  1. Someone who guides the souls of the dead to the afterlife.
    • 2000, JG Ballard, Super-Cannes, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 3:
      For most of us, Dr Wilder Penrose was our amiable Prospero, the psychopomp who steered our darkest dreams towards the daylight.

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