- persons possessing, or claiming to possess, superior enlightenment.
- (initial capital letter) a name given to different religious societies or sects because of their claim to superior enlightenment.
Origin of illuminati
Related Words for illuminatischolar, brain, sage, egghead, savant, genius, academic, whiz, philosopher, bluestocking, intelligentsia, academician, thinker, Einstein, illuminato, longhair
Examples from the Web for illuminati
Contemporary Examples of illuminati
As a noted feminist/ illuminati member/ Goddess/ walking Instagram video, Beyoncé certainly wears many hats/ veils/ body suits.The Beyoncé Manifesto: Quotes on Nihilism and Feminism
December 12, 2014
She believes the Illuminati are leaving secret clues in, among other places, the viral Kony 2012 video.The Kardashian Look-Alike Trolling for Assad
Noah Shachtman, Michael Kennedy
October 17, 2014
For example, a website accumulated all of my music videos to point out perceived Illuminati images.DJ Steve Aoki: To Cake or Not To Cake
August 8, 2014
The symbol is sometimes associated with the Illuminati, but that same symbol also dates back to ancient Egypt.
Illuminati is the plural of illuminatus, which means “enlightened.”
Historical Examples of illuminati
The Illuminati, brothers and friends of Montgelas, have not been idle in that country.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
Their pretension to all knowledge, acquired for them the title of Illuminati.Mysticism and its Results
Of the other sects the most noteworthy was that of the Iluminados (Illuminati).A History of Spain
Charles E. Chapman
Curses and persecution for the devil's offspring, the Illuminati, we swear!
I belong to the Illuminati, and mingle with the freethinkers.
- a group of persons claiming exceptional enlightenment on some subject, esp religion
Word Origin for illuminati
- any of several groups of illuminati, esp in 18th-century France
- a group of religious enthusiasts of 16th-century Spain who were persecuted by the Inquisition
- a masonic sect founded in Bavaria in 1778 claiming that the illuminating grace of Christ resided in it alone
- a rare name for the Rosicrucians
1590s, plural of Latin illuminatus "enlightened" (in figurative sense), past participle of illuminare (see illumination). Originally applied to a 16c. Spanish sect (the Alumbrados), then to other sects; since 1797 used as a translation of German 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). Related: Illuminatism; illuminatist.