Definition of agonothete in English:

agonothete

(also agonotheta, agonothet, agonothetes)

noun

  • In the ancient Greek or Roman world: a person who presides over public games; a director or overseer of the games.

Origin

Early 17th century. From (i) classical Latin agōnotheta (in post-classical Latin also agonitheta, agonithetes) president of public games (attested in an inscription), in post-classical Latin also with reference to God (late 2nd cent. in Tertullian) and to Christ (early 3rd cent. in Tertullian), and denoting a spiritual athlete or leader of martyrs.

Pronunciation

agonothete

/əˈɡəʊnəθiːt/