illuminati

[ih-loo-muh-nah-tee, -ney-tahy]
plural noun, singular illuminato [ih-loo-muh-nah-toh, -ney-] .
1.
persons possessing, or claiming to possess, superior enlightenment.
2.
(initial capital letter) a name given to different religious societies or sects because of their claim to superior enlightenment.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin illūminātī, plural of illūminātus enlightened; see illuminate

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illuminati (ɪˌluːmɪˈnɑːtiː)
 
pl n , sing -to
a group of persons claiming exceptional enlightenment on some subject, esp religion
 
[C16: from Latin, literally: the enlightened ones, from illūmināre to illuminate]

Illuminati (ɪˌluːmɪˈnɑːtiː)
 
pl n , sing -to
1.  any of several groups of illuminati, esp in 18th-century France
2.  a group of religious enthusiasts of 16th-century Spain who were persecuted by the Inquisition
3.  a masonic sect founded in Bavaria in 1778 claiming that the illuminating grace of Christ resided in it alone
4.  a rare name for the Rosicrucians

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illuminati
1599, pl. of L. illuminatus "enlightened" (in figurative sense), pp. of illuminare (see illumination). Originally applied to a 16c. Spanish sect (the Alumbrados), then to other sects; since 1797 used as a translation of Ger. Illuminaten, name of a secret society founded
1776 in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, and holding deistic and republican principles; hence used generally of free-thinkers and sarcastically of those professing intellectual enlightenment (1816).
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