mystagogue

mystagogue

[mis-tuh-gawg, -gog]
noun
1.
someone who instructs others before initiation into religious mysteries or before participation in the sacraments.
2.
a person whose teachings are said to be founded on mystical revelations.

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

mystagogy [mis-tuh-goh-jee, -goj-ee] , mystagoguery [mis-tuh-gaw-guh-ree, -gog-uh-] , noun
mystagogic [mis-tuh-goj-ik] , mystagogical, adjective
mystagogically, adverb
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mystagogue (ˈmɪstəˌɡɒɡ)
 
n
(in Mediterranean mystery religions) a person who instructs those who are preparing for initiation into the mysteries
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek mustagōgos, from mustēs candidate for initiation + agein to lead. See mystic]
 
mystagogic
 
adj
 
mysta'gogical
 
adj
 
mysta'gogically
 
adv
 
mystagogy
 
n

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mystagogue
"person who initiates into mysteries," c.1550, from Gk. mystes "one initiated into the mysteries" (see mystery) + agogos "leading, a leader" (see act).
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