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[an-uh-goh-jee, an-uh-goh-jee]
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noun, plural an·a·go·gies.
  1. anagoge.
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Origin of anagogy

1400–50; late Middle English anagogie < Medieval Latin anagōgia, for Late Latin anagōgē anagoge


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[an-uh-goh-jee, an-uh-goh-jee]
  1. a spiritual interpretation or application of words, as of Scriptures.
  2. a form of allegorical interpretation of Scripture that seeks hidden meanings regarding the future life.
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Origin of anagoge

< Late Latin < Greek anagōgḗ an uplifting, equivalent to an- an-3 + agōgḗ, feminine of agōgós leading; see -agogue
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  • Anagogy, an′a-goj-i, n. the mystical interpretation or hidden sense of words.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


British Dictionary definitions for anagogy



  1. allegorical or spiritual interpretation, esp of sacred works such as the Bible
  2. Christianity allegorical interpretation of the Old Testament as typifying or foreshadowing subjects in the New Testament
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Derived Formsanagogic (ˌænəˈɡɒdʒɪk) or anagogical, adjectiveanagogically, adverb

Word Origin

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