Rosicrucian

Rosicrucian

[roh-zi-kroo-shuhn, roz-i-]
noun
1.
(in the 17th and 18th centuries) a person who belonged to a secret society laying claim to various forms of occult knowledge and power and professing esoteric principles of religion.
2.
a member of any of several later or modern bodies or societies professing principles derived from or attributed to the earlier Rosicrucians, especially of an organization (Rosicrucian Order or Ancient Mystic Order Rosae Crucis) that is active in America.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Rosicrucians.

Origin:
1615–25; < Latin Rosicruc- (Latinized form of (Christian) Rosenkreuz, name of the supposed 15th-century founder of the society, equivalent to ros(a) rose + -i- -i- + cruc- (stem of crux) cross) + -ian

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Rosicrucian (ˌrəʊzɪˈkruːʃən)
 
n
1.  a member of a society professing esoteric religious doctrines, venerating the emblems of the rose and Cross as symbols of Christ's Resurrection and Redemption, and claiming various occult powers
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or designating the Rosicrucians or Rosicrucianism
 
[C17: from Latin Rosae Crucis Rose of the Cross, translation of the German name Christian Rosenkreuz, supposed founder of the society in the 15th century]
 
Rosi'crucianism
 
n

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Rosicrucian
1624 (n.), 1662 (adj.), from Mod.L. rosa crucis (DuCange) or crux, Latinization of Ger. Rosenkreuz, Fr. rosecroix, from the secret society's reputed founder Christian Rosenkreuz, said to date from 1484, but not mentioned before 1614.
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