Illuminati

Direct spiritual and esoteric enlightenment by means of revelation from a higher source or the inspiration of human reason.

Illuminati

The Illuminati (plural of Latin illuminatus, `enlightened`) is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically, the name refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on May 1, 1776. The society`s goals were to oppose superstition, prejudice, religious influence over public life and abuses......
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Illuminati

(from the article `Italy`) ...During the 1780s Masonic lodges had begun to replace scholarly academies and agrarian societies as loci of political discussion. In the 1790s ... ...Enlightenment, especially when it became allied with the expanding claims of an autocratic `enlightened despotism.` The brotherhood cultivated by ......
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Illuminati

• (v. t.) The Rosicrucians. • (v. t.) Members of a sect which sprung up in Spain about the year 1575. Their principal doctrine was, that, by means of prayer, they had attained to so perfect a state as to have no need of ordinances, sacraments, good works, etc.; -- called also Alumbrados, Perfectibilists, etc. • (v. t.) Literally, tho...
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Illuminati

[game] Illuminati is a standalone card game made by Steve Jackson Games (SJG), inspired by the 1975 book, The Illuminatus! Trilogy, by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea. The game has ominous secret societies competing with each other to control the world through sinister means, including legal, illegal, and even mystical. It was designed ...
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Illuminati

Il·lu`mi·na'ti noun plural [ Latin illuminatus . See Illuminate , transitive verb , and confer Illuminee .] Literally, those who are enlightened ; -- variously applied as follows: -- 1. (Eccl.) Persons in the early church who had rece...
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Illuminati

Illuminati ('the enlightened') is a name given to the members of several societies, especially to those of a secret society founded in 1776 by Adam Weishaupt, professor of law at Ingolstadt, Bavaria, for mutual assistance in attaining a higher degree of morality and virtue. It spread over Roman Catholic Germany, and contained in its most flourishin...
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Illuminati

Illuminati (ilOO"minā'tī, –nä'tē) [Lat.,=enlightened], rationalistic society founded in Germany soon after 1776 by Adam Weishaupt, a professor at Ingolstadt, having close affinities with the Freemasons and seemingly organized on a Masonic plan. While briefly ...
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illuminati

illuminati Any one of various groups of people in history claiming to have received special religious or spiritual enlgihtenment.
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illuminati

Literally, those who are enlightened; variously applied as follows: ... 1. Persons in the early church who had received baptism; in which ceremony a lighted taper was given them, as a symbol of the spiritual illumination they has received by that sacrament. ... 2. Members of a sect which sprung up in Spain about the year 1575. Their principal doctr...
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Illuminati

persons possessing or claiming to possess superior understanding and knowledge.
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