[ mis-tuh-gawg, -gog ]
/ ˈmɪs təˌgɔg, -ˌgɒg /


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.


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Origin of mystagogue

1540–50; < Latin mystagōgus < Greek mystagōgós, equivalent to mýst(ēs) (see mystic) + ágōgos -agogue


mys·ta·go·gy [mis-tuh-goh-jee, -goj-ee] /ˈmɪs təˌgoʊ dʒi, -ˌgɒdʒ i/, mys·ta·go·gue·ry [mis-tuh-gaw-guh-ree, -gog-uh-] /ˈmɪs təˌgɔ gə ri, -ˌgɒg ə-/, nounmys·ta·gog·ic [mis-tuh-goj-ik] /ˌmɪs təˈgɒdʒ ɪk/, mys·ta·gog·i·cal, adjectivemys·ta·gog·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for mystagogic

/ (ˈmɪstəˌɡɒɡ) /


(in Mediterranean mystery religions) a person who instructs those who are preparing for initiation into the mysteries

Derived forms of mystagogue

mystagogic (ˌmɪstəˈɡɒdʒɪk) or mystagogical, adjectivemystagogically, adverbmystagogy (ˈmɪstəˌɡɒdʒɪ), noun

Word Origin for mystagogue

C16: via Latin from Greek mustagōgos, from mustēs candidate for initiation + agein to lead. See mystic
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