il·​lu·​mi·​nism | \ i-ˈlü-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce illuminism (audio) \

Definition of illuminism

1 : belief in or claim to a personal enlightenment not accessible to humankind in general
2 capitalized : beliefs or claims viewed as forming doctrine or principles of Illuminati

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Other Words from illuminism

illuminist \ i-​ˈlü-​mə-​nist How to pronounce illuminism (audio) \ noun

Examples of illuminism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Father Laurentin was careful to acknowledge that claims of apparitions can flow from illuminism — a belief that one has attained a degree of enlightenment denied to most people — or madness. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "René Laurentin, Investigator of Celestial Visions, Dies at 99," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of illuminism

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Illuminism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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