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illuminati

[ ih-loo-muh-nah-tee, -ney-tahy ]
/ ɪˌlu məˈnɑ ti, -ˈneɪ taɪ /
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plural noun, singular il·lu·mi·na·to [ih-loo-muh-nah-toh, -ney-]. /ɪˌlu məˈnɑ toʊ, -ˈneɪ-/.

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.

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Origin of illuminati

1590–1600; <Latin illūminātī, plural of illūminātus enlightened; see illuminate
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British Dictionary definitions for illuminati (1 of 2)

illuminati
/ (ɪˌluːmɪˈnɑːtiː) /

pl n singular -to (-təʊ)

a group of persons claiming exceptional enlightenment on some subject, esp religion

Word Origin for illuminati

C16: from Latin, literally: the enlightened ones, from illūmināre to illuminate

British Dictionary definitions for illuminati (2 of 2)

Illuminati
/ (ɪˌluːmɪˈnɑːtiː) /

pl n singular -to (-təʊ)

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
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