Definitions for illuminatiɪˌlu məˈnɑ ti, -ˈneɪ taɪ; -toʊ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
il•lu•mi•na•tiɪˌlu məˈnɑ ti, -ˈneɪ taɪ; -toʊ(n.pl.)(sing.)-to
persons claiming to possess superior enlightenment.
(cap.) any of various religious sects claiming special enlightenment.
Origin of illuminati:
1590–1600; < L illūminātī, pl. of illūminātus enlightened; see illuminate
plural Any of various societies, sects or other people claiming religious or intellectual enlightenment
plural An alleged global, elite, secret society which has as its ultimate objective the subjugation of humanity (world domination or New World Order)
The methods of control used by "Ming the Merciless, Rules of the Universe" in the 1980 film Flash Gordon are a metaphor for what some perceive to be the influence of the Illuminati on the real world.
literally, those who are enlightened
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
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
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
an obscure sect of French Familists;
the Hesychasts, Mystics, and Quietists;
any persons who profess special spiritual or intellectual enlightenment
The Illuminati is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically the name refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on May 1, 1776 to oppose superstition, prejudice, religious influence over public life, abuses of state power, and to support women's education and gender equality. The Illuminati were outlawed along with other secret societies by the Bavarian government leadership with the encouragement of the Roman Catholic Church, and permanently disbanded in 1785. In the several years following, the group was vilified by conservative and religious critics who claimed they had regrouped and were responsible for the French Revolution. In subsequent use, "Illuminati" refers to various organizations claiming or purported to have unsubstantiated links to the original Bavarian Illuminati or similar secret societies, and often alleged to conspire to control world affairs by masterminding events and planting agents in government and corporations to establish a New World Order and gain further political power and influence. Central to some of the most widely known and elaborate conspiracy theories, the Illuminati have been depicted as lurking in the shadows and pulling the strings and levers of power in dozens of novels, movies, television shows, comics, video games, and music videos.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a class or fraternity of people who affect superior enlightenment, particularly on religious and social matters, tending of late in the one to Deism, and in the other to Republicanism, in France forming a body of materialists, and in Germany a body of idealists; the former to the disparagement of ideas, and the latter to the disparagement of reason, and both hostile to the Church.
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