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1. Belief in or proclamation of a special personal enlightenment.
2. Illuminism The ideas and principles of various groups of Illuminati.

[French illuminisme, from illuminé, an illuminist, from past participle of illuminer, to illuminate, from Old French; see illumine.]

il·lu′mi·nist n.
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1. (Philosophy) belief in and advocation of special enlightenment
2. (Philosophy) the tenets and principles of the Illuminati or of any of several religious or political movements initiated by them
ilˈluminist n
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(ɪˈlu məˌnɪz əm)

the doctrines or claims of Illuminati.
il•lu′mi•nist, n.
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1. (l.c.) the claim to possess superior knowledge.
2. the beliefs or claims of certain religious groups or sects that they possess special religious enlightenment. — Illuminati, illuminati, Illuminist, illuminist, n.
See also: Knowledge
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References in classic literature ?
The majority of the Brothers, seeing in it dangerous designs of Illuminism,* met it with a coldness that surprised Pierre.
Numerous works of philosophy and literature can be related to the Eternal Return (Gnosticism, neo-Platonism, occultism, illuminism), but none have achieved such success as Nietzsche's cosmological conception, first articulated in The Gay Science and subsequently developed in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
Venegas had earlier testified in inquisitorial proceedings against the priest Luis Beteta, accused of Illuminism (1538).
From this text it possible to gather that Valle gave priorityto line, colour and composition, which formally means a classicist vision of painting, hence his criticism of "illuminism" as represented by Sorolla in his personal way of assimilating French impressionistic concern with light (22) and translating it to the canvas.
First, although Plato had abstracted from concrete reality and had linked knowledge to separate mental entities, ideas, there had existed in the Platonic tradition an acute epoptic hope, fed by a kind of revelation and illuminism, of coming at some end of a metaphysical ladder to a cognition in the form of an ineluctable visual presence of God.
Novikov' (A Rosicrucian utopia: Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and Illuminism in 18th-century Russia: q]ae circle of N.I.
Teresa thus lived under the shadow of Illuminism and the ecclesiastical misogyny with which it was inextricably associated.
(41) Marcia Keith Suchard, "Leibniz, Benzelius, and the Kabbalistic Roots of Swedish Illuminism," in Leibniz, Mysticism.
Illuminism would add a pragmatic and utilitarian content to various depictions of the 19th century landscape, produced and disseminated within the intermediary zone between art and science, between meaning and an outlet for disinterested aesthetic sensibility.
Billington, a Rhodes Scholar who has been the Librarian of Congress since 1987, illustrates in his comprehensive and thoroughly documented 1980 study Fire in the Minds of Men: The Origins of the Revolutionary Faith, it is from "Bavarian Illuminism" that "the modern revolutionary tradition" descends.
In this sense, while being hugely indebted to the lay thought emanating from Illuminist France, we Europeans are at the moment missing a major lesson to be derived from Illuminism: wisdom means humility, and vice versa.
Thus, Beatriz de Robles, a Morisca who did not have to leave, "probably because she had married an Old Christian," was later prosecuted by the Inquisition "not for following Islam, but for fashioning her own assimilated identity, which they viewed as a form of Christian heresy of illuminism" (175).