Origin of agog
Other definitions for agog (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE -AGOG
What does -agog mean?
The combining form -agog is used like a suffix meaning “leader” or “bringer.” In medical terms, it is used to name substances that cause the flow or the release of a substance. It is occasionally used in scientific and technical terms.
The form -agog comes from Greek -agōgos, meaning “leading.” The Latin cognate of this form is agēns, “doing” or “driving,” which is the source of words such as agent and agency. To learn more, check out our entries for both words.
The form -agog is a less-common variant of -agogue. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article for -agogue.
Examples of -agog
An example of a word you may have encountered that features -agog is demagog, commonly spelled demagogue, “a person, especially a political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.” Demagog comes from Greek dēmagōgós, which uses the equivalent form of -agog.
The dem- part of the word means “people,” from Greek dêmos, while -agog means “leader.” Demagog literally translates to “leader (of the) people.”
What are some words that use the equivalent of the combining form -agog in Greek?
What are some other forms that -agog may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that ends with the exact letters -agog or -agogue, such as synagogue, is necessarily using the combining form to denote “leader.” Learn why synagogue means “temple” at our entry for the word.
How to use agog in a sentence
The encounter between the Merrimack and the Monitor had set the world agog on the matter of armored vessels.The Boys of '61|Charles Carleton Coffin.
The Hut was all agog with movement and bustle on the days when rations were being made up and packed.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
Perhaps you don't know it, but the town is agog with what it is pleased to term your infatuation for Mrs. Brown.The White Shield|Myrtle Reed
Meanwhile within the van der Griff house all were agog with excitement in expectation of the arrival of the distinguished guest.A Parody Outline of History|Donald Ogden Stewart
He wondered, and as he had no respect for either the Old Man or Hinkel, he kept his ears agog for more.The Viking Blood|Frederick William Wallace