- 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
Examples from the Web for illuminato
When Francis and Illuminato came before him they saluted him.Brother Francis
To her he was always about Illuminato's age, a most beloved infant.
Hilary sat down and lit a cigar, and Illuminato crawled about his legs.
It gave him a disappointment ever new, that Illuminato should be so plain.
Only that morning his gold watch had broken, in Illuminato's active hands.
- a group of persons claiming exceptional enlightenment on some subject, esp religion
- 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
Word Origin and History for illuminato
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.