mystagogue [ mis-t uh-gawg, -gog] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com someone who instructs others before initiation into religious mysteries or before participation in the sacraments. a person whose teachings are said to be founded on mystical revelations. Origin of mystagogue 1540–50;
ágōgos -agogue Related forms mys·ta·go·gy , [ mis-t uh-goh-jee, -goj-ee] /ˈmɪs təˌgoʊ dʒi, -ˌgɒdʒ i/ mys·ta·go·gue·ry , [ mis-t uh-gaw-g uh-ree, -gog- uh-] /ˈmɪs təˌgɔ gə ri, -ˌgɒg ə-/ noun mys·ta·gog·ic , [mis-t uh- goj-ik] /ˌmɪs təˈgɒdʒ ɪk/ mys·ta·gog·i·cal, adjective mys·ta·gog·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for mystagogy (in Mediterranean mystery religions) a person who instructs those who are preparing for initiation into the mysteries Derived Forms mystagogic ( ˌmɪstəˈɡɒdʒɪk) or mystagogical, adjective mystagogically, adverb mystagogy ( ˈmɪstəˌɡɒdʒɪ), noun Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek
mustagōgos, from mustēs candidate for initiation + agein to lead. See mystic
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Word Origin and History for mystagogy mystagogue n.
"person who initiates into mysteries," 1550s, from Latin
mystagogus "a guide to the mysteries," from Greek mystagogos, from mystes "one initiated into the mysteries" (see mystery (n.1)) + agogos "leading, a leader" (see act (n.)). Related: Mystagogic; mystagogical; mystagogy; mystagoguery.
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