Definition of illuminati in English:

illuminati

Syllabification: il·lu·mi·na·ti
Pronunciation: /iˌlo͞oməˈnätē
 
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noun

1People claiming to possess special enlightenment or knowledge of something: some mysterious standard known only to the illuminati of the organization
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  • The other prime role of Oxford is to take students, selected by bloodline, and prepare them for life as illuminati, within politics, business, finance and the media.
  • Their names should be spoken among the illuminati of our culture.
  • At the moment the front runners are ‘a crude Yank crashing the Brit party’ and a ‘bunch of sinister and heavily armed globalist illuminati who seek to infect the entire world’.
1.1 (Illuminati) A sect of 16th-century Spanish heretics who claimed special religious enlightenment.
1.2 (Illuminati) A Bavarian secret society founded in 1776, organized like the Freemasons.

Origin

late 16th century: plural of Italian illuminato or Latin illuminatus 'enlightened', past participle of illuminare (see illuminate).

Derivatives

illuminism

Pronunciation: /iˈlo͞oməˌnizəm/
noun
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  • In Paz's view, ‘the belief in correspondences between all beings and worlds predates Christianity, crosses the Middle Ages, and, through Neoplatonism, illuminism, and occultism, reaches the nineteenth century’.

illuminist

Pronunciation: /iˈlo͞omənist/
noun
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  • All groups have goals, and the Illuminists are no exception.

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