illuminati

plural noun il·lu·mi·na·ti \ i-ˌlü-mə-ˈnä-tē \

Definition of illuminati

1 capitalized : any of various groups claiming special religious enlightenment
2 : persons who are or who claim to be unusually enlightened
3 : elite 1d
  • members of the academic illuminati

Recent Examples of illuminati from the Web

  • Next to me, a Republican delegate on her way back to the convention chatted with the bodyguards about the New World Order, an illuminati plot destined to take over the world and enslave the majority of its people.

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Origin and Etymology of illuminati

Italian & New Latin; It, from New Latin, from Latin, plural of illuminatus

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