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ɪˌlu məˈnɑ ti, -ˈneɪ taɪ; -toʊil·lu·mi·nati

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  1. Illuminatinoun

    plural Any of various societies, sects or other people claiming religious or intellectual enlightenment

  2. Illuminatinoun

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illuminativerb

    literally, those who are enlightened

  2. Illuminativerb

    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

  3. Illuminativerb

    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

  4. Illuminativerb

    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

  5. Illuminativerb

    an obscure sect of French Familists;

  6. Illuminativerb

    the Hesychasts, Mystics, and Quietists;

  7. Illuminativerb

    the Rosicrucians

  8. Illuminativerb

    any persons who profess special spiritual or intellectual enlightenment

  9. Etymology: [L. illuminatus. See Illuminate, v. t., and cf. Illuminee.]


  1. Illuminati

    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

  1. Illuminati

    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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of illuminati in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of illuminati in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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  2. David Gibson:

    Illuminati. we are in the presence of a very powerful political figure, the likes of which we have never witnessed before.

  3. Future Forward spokeswoman Pannika Wanich:

    This would set a new legal precedent that executive members of a political party must have their thoughts and minds inspected, it's also an unexpected new low that a political party has to defend itself to show it's not involved with the Illuminati.

  4. Deshawn Yeldell:

    There’s nothing left in the street's fa’ me but Gold-diggers and fock nicca’s that’s trying to rob me, Illuminati trying to bribe me; talking about they got the keys to money and fame, all I have to do is sell my soul to the game, -MillYentei

  5. Nick Clegg:

    If you listened to some of our more breathless critics, you could be forgiven for thinking that we are single-handedly dismantling western democracy, collaborating with the Russians, the Iranians, the Bilderberg Group, the Illuminati and the guys who faked the moon landings to manipulate our citizens, rig elections and tear down our democratic institutions.

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