• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Illuminati An obscure sect of French Familists;
    • Illuminati Any persons who profess special spiritual or intellectual enlightenment.
    • n. pl Illuminati Literally, those who are enlightened
    • Illuminati (Eccl. Hist) 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.
    • Illuminati (Mod. Hist) 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.
    • Illuminati (Eccl) 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.
    • Illuminati The Hesychasts, Mystics, and Quietists;
    • Illuminati The Rosicrucians.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • illuminati Eccles., persons who had received baptism, in which ceremony a lighted taper was given to them as a symbol of spiritual enlightenment.
    • illuminati [capitalized] A name given to different religious societies or sects because of their claim to perfection or enlightenment in religious matters. The most noted among them were the Alumbrados (the Enlightened) of Spain in the sixteenth century, an ephemeral society of Belgium and northern France (also called Guérinets) in the seventeenth century, and an association of mystics in southern France in the eighteenth century, combining the doctrines of Swedenborg with the methods of the freemasons.
    • illuminati [capitalized] See Order of the Illuminati, below.
    • illuminati In general, persons who affect to possess extraordinary knowledge or gifts, whether justly or not; persons who lay claim to superior knowledge in any department: often used satirically.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Illuminati the enlightened, a name given to various sects, and especially to a society of German Freethinkers at the end of the 18th century
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. illuminatus,. See Illuminate (v. t.), and cf. Illuminee
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. illumināre, -ātumin, in, upon, lumināre, to cast light—lumen (=lucimen)—lucēre, to shine, light.


In literature:

The seizure of Illuminati BBS deprived SJG of all the programs, text files, and private e-mail on the board.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
Swear therefore hate, persecution, and eternal enmity, to the Order of the Illuminati.
"Old Fritz and the New Era" by Louise Muhlbach
The Illuminati, brothers and friends of Montgelas, have not been idle in that country.
"Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete" by Lewis Goldsmith
After dinner he importuned me to smoke a pipe with him, and two or three other illuminati of the same rank.
"Biographia Literaria" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
He is of the builders on the one hand, of the Illuminati and the Encyclopedistes on the other.
"The Money Master, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Commonplace accidents determine commonplace lives, was a favorite maxim of the Berrytown Illuminati.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 28. July, 1873." by Various
The necessity of such a hypothesis evidently upset Mesmerism from its very foundations; yet the illuminati did not judge thus.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
I shall return to this point later, however, in connexion with the Illuminati.
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
The Illuminati, the Carbonari, and other secret political societies have been supposed to be Masonic lodges.
"Mysticism and its Results" by John Delafield
This was Cazotte, an amiable and original man, but unhappily infatuated with the reveries of the Illuminati.
"Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers" by Bhakta Vishita

In news:

If you're looking for the latest book for your Kindle or Nook then make sure to pick up 'Thank You For Not Laughing' by Chris Illuminati.
If you've never heard of the Illuminati then you've been sleeping under a rock, Probably the most controversial topic in music is the Illuminati.
Woman sues Casey Anthony for $3b, alleges Illuminati conspiracy installed cameras behind her eyes.
The urban legend that many of hip-hop's prominent rappers are members of the Illuminati is parodied on the season premiere of FOX's animated series 'The Cleveland Show.
Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, & Kanye West Are "Hip-Hop Illuminati " On The Cleveland Show.
The Cleveland Show's Hip-Hop Illuminati .
Talking & Answering Jenna Bot Age: 20…ish Interests: Talking about herself, pizza, the Illuminati.
Illuminati Congo , Gong Army, Pseudo Slang.
So National Record Store Day is another one of those non-holiday holidays created by The Illuminati to inspire rampant commercialism BFD.
Hip-Hop Illuminati Guide 'Cleveland Show'.
The new video shows the typical sex romps and orgies —stuff that are nothing new in today's media—but also exposes the occult, Illuminati symbols, sacrilege and what could very well be Satanism.
Chris Illuminati January 20, 2012
Here is a look at the Illuminati Motor Works Seven's odds to take the main stash at the Progressive Automotive X Prize .
INTERVIEWS Killer Mike Overthrows the Illuminati in ' Reagan ' Video.
Illuminati is known for innovative, contemporary decorative lighting, LED, low voltage and line voltage.

In science:

Illuminati, “Entanglement in continuous variable systems: Recent advances and current perspectives”, J.
Feedback control in quantum optics: an overview of experimental breakthroughs and areas of application
Illuminati, “Decoherence of number states in phase-sensitive reservoirs”, Mod.
Feedback control in quantum optics: an overview of experimental breakthroughs and areas of application