• Illuminati Definition & Synonyms
- (v. t.) The Rosicrucians.
- (v. t.) Members of a sect which sprung up in Spain about the year 1575. Their principal doctrine was, that, by means of prayer, they had attained to so perfect a state as to have no need of ordinances, sacraments, good works, etc.; -- called also Alumbrados, Perfectibilists, etc.
- (v. t.) Literally, those who are enlightened
- (v. t.) Members of certain associations in Modern Europe, who combined to promote social reforms, by which they expected to raise men and society to perfection, esp. of one originated in 1776 by Adam Weishaupt, professor of canon law at Ingolstadt, which spread rapidly for a time, but ceased after a few years.
- (v. t.) Persons in the early church who had received baptism; in which ceremony a lighted taper was given them, as a symbol of the spiritual illumination they has received by that sacrament.
- (v. t.) The Hesychasts, Mystics, and Quietists;
- (v. t.) An obscure sect of French Familists;
- (v. t.) Any persons who profess special spiritual or intellectual enlightenment.
• Illuminating Definition & Synonyms
- (a.) Giving or producing light; used for illumination.
- (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Illuminate
• Illumination Definition & Synonyms
- (v. t.) That which illuminates or gives light; brightness; splendor; especially, intellectual light or knowledge.
- (n.) Adornment of books and manuscripts with colored illustrations. See Illuminate, v. t., 3.
- (n.) The act of illuminating, or supplying with light; the state of being illuminated.
- (n.) Festive decoration of houses or buildings with lights.
- (v. t.) The special communication of knowledge to the mind by God; inspiration.
- (v. t.) That which is illuminated, as a house; also, an ornamented book or manuscript.