One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 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’
- 1.2 A member of a Bavarian secret society founded in 1776, organized like the Freemasons.‘Bavarian Illuminists conspiring against the Jesuits’
- 1.1 A member of a sect of 16th-century Spanish heretics who claimed special religious enlightenment.
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