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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.
It is well known to all students of the higher truths that certain adepts and illuminati have in history attained the power of levitation-- that is, of being self-sustained upon the empty air.
If the Illuminati is real, it's got to be the least secret society in the universe.
It is not my intention to doubt that the doctrine of the Illuminati and the principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States," Washington wrote in a letter to a friend that is still posted on the government's online archives.
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However, the Illuminati allegedly came to know of Jackson's plans and&nbsp;killed him.
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Illuminati thieves steal an ancient manuscript from a secret Vatican archive, intent on exposing its contents and destroying the Catholic Church at its core.
Yes, Glesga's luvvie illuminati enjoy congratulating themselves on their cultural engagement when festivals like this roll out their programme every year and standing ovations are given away like flyers on the Royal Mile in August.