noun Etymology: Christian Rosenkreutz (New Latin Rosae Crucis) reputed 15th century founder of the movement Date: 1624 1. an adherent of a 17th and 18th century movement professing esoteric and occult wisdom with emphasis on mysticism and spiritual enlightenment 2. a member of one of several organizations held to be descended from the Rosicrucians • Rosicrucian adjectiveRosicrucianism noun

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  • Rosicrucian — [rō΄zə kro͞o′shən, räz΄əkro͞o′ shən] n. [Rosicruc (< L rosa, a rose + crux, gen. crucis, a cross), Latinized form of the Ger name of the reputed founder, Christian Rosenkreuz + IAN] 1. any of a number of persons in the 17th and 18th cent. who… …   English World dictionary

  • Rosicrucian — Ros i*cru cian, n. [The name is probably due to a German theologian, Johann Valentin Andre[ a], who in anonymous pamphlets called himself a knight of the Rose Cross (G. Rosenkreuz), using a seal with a St. Andrew s cross and four roses.)] One who …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rosicrucian — Ros i*cru cian, a. Of or pertaining to the Rosicrucians, or their arts. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rosicrucian — 1620s (n.), 1660s (adj.), from Mod.L. rosa crucis (DuCange) or crux, Latinization of Ger. Rosenkreuz, Fr. rosecroix, from the secret society s reputed founder Christian Rosenkreuz, said to date from 1484, but not mentioned before 1614 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Rosicrucian — /roh zi krooh sheuhn, roz i /, n. 1. (in the 17th and 18th centuries) a person who belonged to a secret society laying claim to various forms of occult knowledge and power and professing esoteric principles of religion. 2. a member of any of… …   Universalium

  • Rosicrucian — 1. noun a) A Brother of the Order of the Rose Cross; a member of the Rosicrucian Order. The Rosicrucian Fellowship b) A member of certain modern groups or organizations formed for the study of Rosicrucianism and allied subjects. 2. adjective… …   Wiktionary

  • Rosicrucian — n. secret order founded by Christian Rosenkreuz dating from the 15th or 17th century (associated with the symbol of the Rose Cross) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Rosicrucian — [ˌrəʊzɪ kru:ʃ(ə)n] noun a member of a secretive society devoted to the study of metaphysical, mystical, and alchemical lore. adjective relating to the Rosicrucians. Derivatives Rosicrucianism noun Origin from mod. L. rosa crucis (or crux),… …   English new terms dictionary

  • rosicrucian — rosi·cru·cian …   English syllables

  • Rosicrucian — Ro•si•cru•cian [[t]ˌroʊ zɪˈkru ʃən, ˌrɒz ɪ [/t]] n. 1) rel a member of an international society professing esoteric religious principles and emphasizing occult knowledge and powers 2) rel characteristic of the Rosicrucians • Etymology: 1615–25;… …   From formal English to slang

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