Definition of illuminist in US English:

illuminist

noun

  • 1A person claiming to possess special enlightenment or knowledge of something.

    ‘illuminists who had been enlightened by some of the teachings of the secret club’
    1. 1.1 A member of a sect of 16th-century Spanish heretics who claimed special religious enlightenment.
      ‘Illuminists who conversed with the dead’
      as modifier ‘an Illuminist theory of divine revelation’
    2. 1.2 A member of a Bavarian secret society founded in 1776, organized like the Freemasons.
      ‘Bavarian Illuminists conspiring against the Jesuits’

Pronunciation

illuminist

/ɪˈlumənəst//iˈlo͞omənəst/