- (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.
- 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.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the Rosicrucians.
Origin of Rosicrucian
Examples from the Web for rosicrucian
It becomes the initiatory word of an exclusive Rosicrucian order.Suspended Judgments
John Cowper Powys
Fludd was a Rosicrucian, and a mystic of a different type from Behmen.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)
Augustus de Morgan
And he who wishes to catch a Rosicrucian, must take care not to disturb the waters.Zanoni
Edward Bulwer Lytton
The Rosicrucian had anticipated the wonder that I had practically realized.
Verses were written in the highest strain of the Rosicrucian language.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)
- 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
- of, relating to, or designating the Rosicrucians or Rosicrucianism
Word Origin and History for rosicrucian
1620s, from Modern Latin rosa crucis (DuCange) or crux, Latinization of German Rosenkreuz, French rosecroix, from the secret society's reputed founder Christian Rosenkreuz, said to date from 1484, but not mentioned before 1614. As an adjective from 1660s.