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(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.
a member of any of several later or modern bodies or societies professing principles derived from or attributed to the earlier Rosicrucians, especially of an organization (Rosicrucian Order or Ancient Mystic Order Rosae Crucis) that is active in America.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Rosicrucians.
a member of a society professing esoteric religious doctrines, venerating the emblems of the rose and Cross as symbols of Christ’s Resurrection and Redemption, and claiming various occult powers
of, relating to, or designating the Rosicrucians or Rosicrucianism
1620s, from Modern Latin rosa crucis (DuCange) or crux, Latinization of German Rosenkreuz, French rosecroix, from the secret society’s reputed founder Christian Rosenkreuz, said to date from 1484, but not mentioned before 1614. As an adjective from 1660s.
- Ancient regime
. Contemporary Examples Smiles, or lack thereof, did not bring down the ancient regime, of course. The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles William O’Connor December 13, 2014 Historical Examples In Virginia there continued to appear from England adherents of the ancient regime. Pioneers of the Old South Mary Johnston Their wars became less and […]
- Ancient wisdom
noun pre-Christian knowledge, philosophy, and beliefs Contemporary Examples When you think of proverbs, you picture expressions of ancient wisdom. 13 Crazy, Dirty Modern Proverbs Fred R. Shapiro May 29, 2012 According to ancient wisdom, forgiveness blesses both those who receive it and those who extend it. Dr. Gingrich, or How the GOP Learned To Stop […]
of or in time long past, especially before the end of the Western Roman Empire a.d. 476: ancient history. dating from a remote period; of great age: ancient rocks; ancient trees. very old; aged: an ancient folk tale. being old in wisdom and experience; venerable. old-fashioned or antique. a person who lived in ancient times. […]
in times; of old. Historical Examples anciently, it had been to Europe what cotton was to the Mexico of the Aztecs. The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner anciently, in the case of a common misfortune, the representative was put to death. Folkways William Graham Sumner West Halton—anciently Alfham—where she obtained succour, is close by, and […]