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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]
References in classic literature ?
*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.
( Twitter user Sean Sullivan took the rumors a step further, alleging that the pope was meeting at the Vatican (which he dubbed "illuminati HQ") with late rapper Tupac, who many people believe never actually died, as well as popular Illuminati rumor targets ( President Barack Obama and ( Beyonce .
The 30-year-old singer/songwriter performed at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, which was also where the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII was played; and also where the eerie power blackout, linked to American singer ( Beyonce Knowles' Illuminati connections , happened.
As well as the blackout and footage of the mysterious lights, pop star ( Beyonce appeared to flash the sign of the Illuminati - a secret society of the rich and powerful said by conspiracy theorists to be plotting to take over the world.
After a stellar halftime performance at last night's Super Bowl 2013, viewers around the country are suggesting that BeyoncA[c] flashed the Illuminati symbol during her well-received mini concert.
The board has also approved disinvestment in its step-down subsidiary AlphaGrep Securities part of its wealth management subsidiary Way2Weath in favour of Illuminati Software for about Rs 28 crore.
While well-known conspiracies, such as the Illuminati and Flat Earth were regularly searched for, some rather strange theories also made the list.
That, or you can always blame the Illuminati for manipulating your business deals behind the scenes.
I fired her after I found she had been filming me while I sold Illuminati skateboards.
He used the opportunity to perform hit tracks like, Illuminati, RNS, Revenge of the Spartans and others.
Conspiracy theorists believe that world events are controlled by the the Illuminati - a supposed secret society.