Rosicrucian

[ roh-zi-kroo-shuhn, roz-i- ]

noun
  1. (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.

  2. 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.

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Rosicrucians.

Origin of Rosicrucian

1
First recorded in 1615–25; from New Latin Rosicruc- (Latinized form of Christian Rosenkreuz, “Rosecross” in German , the surname of the supposed 15th-century founder of the society, equivalent to ros(a) + -i- + cruc-, stem of crux ) + -ian;see origin at rose1, -i-, cross

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Rosicrucian

/ (ˌrəʊzɪˈkruːʃən) /


noun
  1. 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

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or designating the Rosicrucians or Rosicrucianism

Origin of Rosicrucian

1
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

Derived forms of Rosicrucian

  • Rosicrucianism, noun

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