Definition of Rosicrucian in English:



  • 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. 1.1 A member of any of a number of later organizations deriving from the Rosicrucian society.
      • ‘The best known Gnostic sects of the modern world are probably the Rosicrucians, the Scientologists and whatever is left of the old Freemasons.’
      • ‘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.’


  • Relating to the Rosicrucians.

    • ‘He made a major impression on Descartes with both his scientific and Rosicrucian beliefs and influenced his thinking.’
    • ‘Another offshoot of the Rosicrucian fraternity, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, left manuscripts describing the Ritual of Invisibility.’
    • ‘While he drew upon the arcana of the Rosicrucian and Hermetic traditions for his novel, his belief in prolongevity was grounded in Enlightenment rationalism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.