mystagogue (n.) "person who initiates into mysteries," 1550s, from L. mystagogus "a guide to the mysteries," from Gk. mystagogos, from mystes "one initiated into the mysteries" (see MYSTERY (Cf. mystery) (1)) + agogos "leading, a leader" (see ACT (Cf. act) (n.)). Related: Mystagogic; mystagogical; mystagogy; mystagoguery.

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  • mystagogue — [ mistagɔg ] n. m. • 1564; lat. mystagogus, gr. mustagôgos, de mustês « initié » et agein « conduire » ♦ Antiq. gr. Prêtre qui initiait aux mystères sacrés. ● mystagogue nom masculin (grec mustagôgos) Prêtre chargé d initier aux mystères dans les …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Mystagogue — Mys ta*gogue, n. [L. mystagogus, Gr. ?; ? one initiated in mysteries + ? leading, n., a leader, fr. ? to lead: cf. F. mystagogue. See 1st {Mystery}.] 1. One who interprets mysteries, especially of a religious kind. [1913 Webster] 2. One who keeps …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mystagogue — [mis′tə gäg΄, mis′təgôg΄] n. [Fr < L mystagogus < Gr mystagōgos < mystēs (see MYSTERY1) + agōgos, leader < agein: see ACT1] a person who interprets religious mysteries or initiates others into them mystagogic [mis΄təgäj′ik] adj.… …   English World dictionary

  • Mystagogue — A mystagogue (from Greek: μυσταγωγός person who initiates into mysteries ) is a person who initiates others into mystic beliefs, an educator or person who has knowledge of the Sacred Mysteries. Another word is Hierophant. In ancient mystery… …   Wikipedia

  • mystagogue — noun Etymology: Latin mystagogus, from Greek mystagōgos, from mystēs initiate (perhaps akin to Greek myein to be closed) + agein to lead more at agent Date: circa 1550 1. one who initiates another into a mystery cult 2. one who understands or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • MYSTAGOGUE — s. m. T. d Antiq. grecque. Prêtre qui initiait aux mystères de la religion …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • MYSTAGOGUE — n. m. T. d’Antiquité grecque Prêtre qui initiait aux mystères de la religion …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • mystagogue — mystagogy /mis teuh goh jee, goj ee/, mystagoguery /mis teuh gaw geuh ree, gog euh /, n. mystagogic /mis teuh goj ik/, mystagogical, adj. mystagogically, adv. /mis teuh gawg , gog /, n. 1. someone who instructs others before initiation into… …   Universalium

  • mystagogue — noun A person who prepares an initiate for entry into a mystery cult, or who teaches mystical doctrines …   Wiktionary

  • mystagogue — (mi sta go gh ) s. m. Terme d antiquité grecque. Prêtre qui initiait aux mystères de la religion.    Par extension, nom donné à ceux qui entreprennent d expliquer ce qu il y a de merveilleux dans chaque religion, et de donner un sens pratique et… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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