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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mystical interpretation of a word, passage, or text, especially scriptural exegesis that detects allusions to heaven or the afterlife.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The spiritual or mystical interpretation of a word or passage beyond the literal, allegorical or moral sense (especially in Biblical criticism).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An elevation of mind to things celestial.
  • n. The spiritual meaning or application; esp. the application of the types and allegories of the Old Testament to subjects of the New.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, an upward rejection, as the rejection of blood from the lungs by the mouth; anabole.
  • n. 2. Spiritual enlightenment; elevation to spiritual insight.
  • n. The spiritual meaning or application of words; especially, the application of the types and allegories of the Old to subjects of the New Testament. Also anagogy

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mystical or allegorical interpretation (especially of Scripture)

Etymologies

Late Latin anagōgē, from Late Greek, spiritual uplift, from anagein, to lift up : ana-, ana- + agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin anagōgē, from Ancient Greek ἀναγωγή ("elevation"). (Wiktionary)

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