mystagogue

noun
mys·​ta·​gogue | \ ˈmi-stə-ˌgäg How to pronounce mystagogue (audio) \

Definition of mystagogue

1 : one who initiates another into a mystery cult
2 : one who understands or teaches mystical doctrines

Other Words from mystagogue

mystagogy \ ˈmi-​stə-​ˌgä-​jē How to pronounce mystagogy (audio) , -​ˌgō-​ \ noun

First Known Use of mystagogue

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mystagogue

Latin mystagogus, from Greek mystagōgos, from mystēs initiate (perhaps akin to Greek myein to be closed) + agein to lead — more at agent

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“Mystagogue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mystagogue. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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