mys·ta·gogue (mĭstə-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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
mys′ta·gogic (-gŏjĭk) adj.
mysta·go′gy (-gō′jē) n.
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