Illuminati Definition

People claiming to be unusually enlightened with regard to a subject.
American Heritage
People who have or profess to have special intellectual or spiritual enlightenment.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World

Any of various societies, sects or other people claiming religious or intellectual enlightenment.


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.

Origin of Illuminati

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin illuminatus.

    From Wiktionary

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