Illuminati meaning

ĭ-lo͝o'mə-nä'tē
The definition of an illuminati is a person or a group who says to have special knowledge or spiritual enlightenment, especially about religion or philosophy.

An example of an illuminati is someone who says they know the secrets of a specific religion.

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Any of various groups claiming special religious or philosophical enlightenment.
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The term refers to secret societies of the past; however, the Latin plural "ti" is used for groups of top people in various disciplines. Following are the terms that relate to high tech.digerati the technical elite digilanti Internet vigilantes glasserati Google Glass users jitterati stressed Internet users numerati mathematical analysts Twitterati elite Twitter writers.
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Any of various societies, sects or other people claiming religious or intellectual enlightenment.
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An alleged global, elite, secret society which has as its ultimate objective the subjugation of humanity (world domination or New World Order).

The methods of control used by "Ming the Merciless, Rules of the Universe" in the 1980 film Flash Gordon are a metaphor for what some perceive to be the influence of the Illuminati on the real world.

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People claiming to be unusually enlightened with regard to a subject.
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People who have or profess to have special intellectual or spiritual enlightenment.
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Any of various societies, sects, etc., historical or conjectured, of such people: such groups are usually secret and, often specif., thought to wield a furtive influence as over world affairs.
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Origin of illuminati

Latin illūminātī from pl. of illūminātus past participle of illūmināre to light up illuminate