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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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!’
- 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.’
- ‘The best known Gnostic sects of the modern world are probably the Rosicrucians, the Scientologists and whatever is left of the old Freemasons.’
- ‘She had some mail order pamphlets from the Rosicrucians containing instructions for various psychic exercises.’
Relating to the Rosicrucians.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘While he drew upon the arcana of the Rosicrucian and Hermetic traditions for his novel, his belief in prolongevity was grounded in Enlightenment rationalism.’
From modern Latin rosa crucis (or crux), Latinization of German Rosenkreuz, + -ian.
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