Definition of psychagogue in US English:

psychagogue

(also psychogogue)

noun

  • 1A person who calls up the spirits of the dead; a necromancer.

  • 2A person who directs the mind; a teacher, an instructor. rare.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Henry George Liddell (1811–1898), lexicographer and dean of Christ Church, Oxford. From ancient Greek ψυχαγωγός (adjective) conjuring up the dead, (noun) necromancer, in Byzantine Greek also leader of departed souls, said of Hermes from ψυχή + ἀγωγός leading.

Pronunciation

psychagogue

/ˈsʌɪkəɡɒɡ/