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Rosicrucian

Line breaks: Rosi|cru¦cian
Pronunciation: /ˌrəʊzɪˈkruːʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of Rosicrucian in English:

noun

1A member of a secretive 17th- and 18th-century society devoted to the study of metaphysical, mystical, and alchemical lore. An anonymous pamphlet of 1614 about a mythical 15th-century knight called Christian Rosenkreuz is said to have launched the movement.
Example sentences
  • In the tradition of the Alchemists, Kabbalists, Rosicrucians, and mystics of the Enlightenment era, he drew from a number of theological and occult writings to fashion his genealogy.
  • It suggests further that all those secret societies like the Knights Templar and the Rosicrucians and the Free Masons were formed to protect the Holy Grail!
  • He was a Rosicrucian, a brotherhood combining elements of mystical beliefs with an optimism about the ability of science to improve the human condition.
1.1A member of any of a number of later organizations deriving from the Rosicrucian society.
Example sentences
  • She had some mail order pamphlets from the Rosicrucians containing instructions for various psychic exercises.
  • Christians have Rosicrucians and Freemasons which are pretty much accepted amongst average Church-goers, and not looked upon as heretics.
  • The best known Gnostic sects of the modern world are probably the Rosicrucians, the Scientologists and whatever is left of the old Freemasons.

adjective

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Relating to the Rosicrucians.
Example sentences
  • They built a tabernacle on the site, with an architectural plan determined by Rosicrucian numerology.
  • He made a major impression on Descartes with both his scientific and Rosicrucian beliefs and influenced his thinking.
  • Another offshoot of the Rosicrucian fraternity, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, left manuscripts describing the Ritual of Invisibility.

Origin

from modern Latin rosa crucis (or crux), Latinization of German Rosenkreuz, + -ian.

Derivatives

Rosicrucianism

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noun
Example sentences
  • Next we look at Rosicrucianism, which started in Europe in the fifteenth century.
  • Hermetic magic is syncretic and includes elements of early Egyptian, Greek and Hebrew occultism, neo-Platonism, agnosticism, kabala, alchemy and Rosicrucianism.
  • He looked beyond Lull for a master method, flirting for a time with Rosicrucianism, which was rumoured to be a source of some kind of synoptic understanding.

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