mystagogue [ mis-t uh-gawg, -gog] Examples Word Origin 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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Examples from the Web for mystagogue Historical Examples of mystagogue
But Barrs was too sprightly a spirit to remain a
Henri Bergson is a
mystagogue, and all mystagogues are mythomaniacs.
mystagogue succeeds because he gets himself misunderstood; although, as a rule, he is not even worth misunderstanding.
Thus, with Piero for
mystagogue, we enter an inner shrine of deep religious revelation.
He founded a sect, and was called by his esoteric followers 'the
mystagogue of sublime and celestial dogmas.' British Dictionary definitions for mystagogue (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 for mystagogue
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 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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