an·​a·​go·​ge ˈa-nə-ˌgō-jē How to pronounce anagoge (audio)
variants or anagogy
plural anagoges or anagogies
: interpretation of a word, passage, or text (as of Scripture or poetry) that finds beyond the literal, allegorical, and moral senses a fourth and ultimate spiritual or mystical sense
anagogic adjective
or anagogical
anagogically adverb

Word History


Late Latin anagoge, from Late Greek anagōgē, from Greek, reference, from anagein to refer, from ana- + agein to lead — more at agent

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anagoge was in the 15th century

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“Anagoge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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