il·​lu·​mi·​nism i-ˈlü-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce illuminism (audio)
: belief in or claim to a personal enlightenment not accessible to humankind in general
capitalized : beliefs or claims viewed as forming doctrine or principles of Illuminati
illuminist 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, 15 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of illuminism was in 1798

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“Illuminism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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