Mystagogue refers to a person who prepares candidates for initiation into a religion, or teaches initiates how to participate in religious ceremonies. It is particularly used when talking about cults and secret societies.

More generally it refers to a person who holds mystical beliefs or who spreads mystical doctrines, particularly someone who has had a religious or spiritual revalation.

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.

interprets mysteries, especially of a religious kind.

2.

One who keeps and shows church relics.

 

© Webster 1913.

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