One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a secretive 17th- and 18th-century society devoted to the study of metaphysical, mystical, and alchemical lore. An anonymous pamphlet of 1614 about a mythical 15th-century knight called Christian Rosenkreuz is said to have launched the movement.
- ‘He was a Rosicrucian, a brotherhood combining elements of mystical beliefs with an optimism about the ability of science to improve the human condition.’
- ‘It suggests further that all those secret societies like the Knights Templar and the Rosicrucians and the Free Masons were formed to protect the Holy Grail!’
- ‘In the tradition of the Alchemists, Kabbalists, Rosicrucians, and mystics of the Enlightenment era, he drew from a number of theological and occult writings to fashion his genealogy.’
- 1.1 A member of any of a number of later organizations deriving from the Rosicrucian society.
- ‘Christians have Rosicrucians and Freemasons which are pretty much accepted amongst average Church-goers, and not looked upon as heretics.’
- ‘She had some mail order pamphlets from the Rosicrucians containing instructions for various psychic exercises.’
- ‘The best known Gnostic sects of the modern world are probably the Rosicrucians, the Scientologists and whatever is left of the old Freemasons.’
Relating to the Rosicrucians.
- ‘Nowadays, my rituals consist of a daily offering of incense, a weekly study of my Rosicrucian materials and other metaphysical reading, and the lighting of special candles on the major Wheel holidays.’
- ‘Another offshoot of the Rosicrucian fraternity, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, left manuscripts describing the Ritual of Invisibility.’
- ‘He made a major impression on Descartes with both his scientific and Rosicrucian beliefs and influenced his thinking.’
- ‘While he drew upon the arcana of the Rosicrucian and Hermetic traditions for his novel, his belief in prolongevity was grounded in Enlightenment rationalism.’
- ‘They built a tabernacle on the site, with an architectural plan determined by Rosicrucian numerology.’
From modern Latin rosa crucis (or crux), Latinization of German Rosenkreuz, + -ian.
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