Definition of Rosicrucian in English:

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Rosicrucian

Pronunciation: /ˌrəʊzɪˈkruːʃ(ə)n/

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

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.

Derivatives

Rosicrucianism

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.

Origin

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

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