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1. People claiming to be unusually enlightened with regard to a subject.
2. Illuminati Any of various groups claiming special religious or philosophical enlightenment.

[Latin illūminātī, from pl. of illūminātus, past participle of illūmināre, to light up; see illuminate.]


pl n, sing -to (-təʊ)
(Philosophy) a group of persons claiming exceptional enlightenment on some subject, esp religion
[C16: from Latin, literally: the enlightened ones, from illūmināre to illuminate]


pl n, sing -to (-təʊ)
1. (Philosophy) any of several groups of illuminati, esp in 18th-century France
2. (Roman Catholic Church) a group of religious enthusiasts of 16th-century Spain who were persecuted by the Inquisition
3. (Christian Churches, other) a masonic sect founded in Bavaria in 1778 claiming that the illuminating grace of Christ resided in it alone
4. (Christian Churches, other) a rare name for the Rosicrucians


(ɪˌlu məˈnɑ ti, -ˈneɪ taɪ), sing. -to (-toʊ)
1. persons claiming to possess superior enlightenment.
2. (cap.) any of various religious sects claiming special enlightenment.
[1590–1600; < Latin illūminātī, pl. of illūminātus enlightened; see illuminate]
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The Illuminati sought to substitute republican for monarchical institutions.
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While touring the passages beneath Vatican City, a tunnel called il passetto would excite him to write Angels and Demons, a novel about a secret sect called the Illuminati -- scientists who had vowed to take revenge on Christianity.
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Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported that song 'Joyful Noise' had been irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in 'Dark Horse'.
Adam Gorightly's blog Historia Discordia is devoted to the Discordians, a gang of antiauthoritarian pranksters who, among other activities, seeded the press of the 1960s and '70s with hoaxarticles blamingthe Illuminati for the world's evils.