or an·a·go·gy

[ an-uh-goh-jee, an-uh-goh-jee ]
/ ˌæn əˈgoʊ dʒi, ˈæn əˌgoʊ dʒi /


a spiritual interpretation or application of words, as of Scriptures.
a form of allegorical interpretation of Scripture that seeks hidden meanings regarding the future life.

Origin of anagoge

< Late Latin < Greek anagōgḗ an uplifting, equivalent to an- an-3 + agōgḗ, feminine of agōgós leading; see -agogue Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anagoge

  • Anagoge is so called from ana, which is upwards, and goge, a leading: as it were an upward leading.

British Dictionary definitions for anagoge



/ (ˈænəˌɡɒdʒɪ) /


allegorical or spiritual interpretation, esp of sacred works such as the Bible
Christianity allegorical interpretation of the Old Testament as typifying or foreshadowing subjects in the New Testament

Derived forms of anagoge

anagogic (ˌænəˈɡɒdʒɪk) or anagogical, adjectiveanagogically, adverb

Word Origin for anagoge

C18: via Late Latin from Greek anagōgē a lifting up, from anagein, from ana- + agein to lead
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