Definition of Rosicrucian in English:

Rosicrucian

Syllabification: Ro·si·cru·cian
Pronunciation: /ˌrōzəˈkro͞oSHən, -ˌräzə-
 
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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.
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    • 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 this.
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    • 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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  • Of or relating to the Rosicrucians.
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    • 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

Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
noun
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  • 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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