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 (mĭs′tə-gŏg′, -gôg′)
1. One who prepares candidates for initiation into a mystery cult.
2. One who holds or spreads mystical doctrines.

[From Latin mystagōgus, from Greek mustagōgos : mustēs, an initiate; see mystery1 + agōgos, guide, leader (from agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots).]

mys′ta·gog′ic (-gŏj′ĭk) adj.
mys′ta·go′gy (-gō′jē) n.
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(ˈmɪstəˌɡɒɡ) or


(Other Non-Christian Religions) (in Mediterranean mystery religions) a person who instructs those who are preparing for initiation into the mysteries. Also called: mystagogus
[C16: via Latin from Greek mustagōgos, from mustēs candidate for initiation + agein to lead. See mystic]
mystagogic, ˌmystaˈgogical adj
ˌmystaˈgogically adv
mystagogy n
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(ˈmɪs təˌgɔg, -ˌgɒg)

a person who initiates others into doctrinal or ritual mysteries.
[1540–50; < Latin mystagōgus < Greek mystagōgós=mýst(ēs) (see mystic) + ágōgos -agogue]
mys′ta•go`gy (-ˌgoʊ dʒi, -ˌgɒdʒ i) mys′ta•go`gue•ry (-ˌgɔ gə ri, -ˌgɒg ə-) n.
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a teacher of mystical doctrines.
See also: Mysticism
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