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[roh-zi-kroo-shuh n, roz-i-] /ˌroʊ zɪˈkru ʃən, ˌrɒz ɪ-/
(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.
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.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Rosicrucians.
Origin of Rosicrucian
1615-25; < Latin Rosicruc- (Latinized form of (Christian) Rosenkreuz, name of the supposed 15th-century founder of the society, equivalent to ros(a) rose1 + -i- -i- + cruc- (stem of crux) cross) + -ian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • It becomes the initiatory word of an exclusive Rosicrucian order.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • Fludd was a Rosicrucian, and a mystic of a different type from Behmen.

  • The old Rosicrucian has kept his secret well; but the devil has helped me to wrest it from him.

    Auriol W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • And he who wishes to catch a Rosicrucian, must take care not to disturb the waters.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Dat vich ve call a Rosicrucian by any other name vil smell as sveet.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • "Unfathomable Mystery," said the Rosicrucian in a low, sweet voice.

  • She is of the Rosicrucian order, one of the sisters, of which there are five throughout Europe and Asia.

  • This was soon followed by another like it, 'St. Irvyne, or the Rosicrucian'.

    Shelley Sydney Waterlow
  • As the last sentence resounded in the heart of Cagliostro, up into the air floated the Rosicrucian and the Voice.

  • She gave him also a curious old talisman—a tiny Rosicrucian cross that had once belonged to a world-renowned occultist.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man Marie Saltus
British Dictionary definitions for Rosicrucian


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
of, relating to, or designating the Rosicrucians or Rosicrucianism
Derived Forms
Rosicrucianism, noun
Word Origin
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Rosicrucian

1620s, from Modern Latin rosa crucis (DuCange) or crux, Latinization of German Rosenkreuz, French rosecroix, from the secret society's reputed founder Christian Rosenkreuz, said to date from 1484, but not mentioned before 1614. As an adjective from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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