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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of an international organization, especially the Ancient Mystic Order Rosae Crucis and the Rosicrucian Order, devoted to the study of ancient mystical, philosophical, and religious doctrines and concerned with the application of these doctrines to modern life.
  • n. A member of any of several secret organizations or orders of the 17th and 18th centuries concerned with the study of religious mysticism and professing esoteric religious beliefs.
  • adj. Of or relating to Rosicrucians or their philosophy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A 'Brother' of the 'Order of the Rose Cross'; a member of the Rosicrucian Order.
  • n. A member of certain modern groups or organizations formed for the study of Rosicrucianism and allied subjects.
  • adj. mystic, occult or esoteric and related to the philosophy of Rosicrucianism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, in the 17th century and the early part of the 18th, claimed to belong to a secret society of philosophers deeply versed in the secrets of nature, -- the alleged society having existed, it was stated, several hundred years.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Rosicrucians, or their arts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of a supposed secret society, said to have originated in the fifteenth century, which combined pretensions to the possession of occult wisdom and gifts with so-called mysteries of physic, astronomy, alchemy, etc.
  • Pertaining to the Rosicrucians or their arts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of any of various organizations that subsequently derived from the 17th-century society
  • adj. of or relating to the Rosicrucians
  • n. a member of a secret 17th-century society of philosophers and scholars versed in mystical and metaphysical and alchemical lore

Etymologies

From New Latin (Frāter) Rosae Crucis, (Brother) of the Cross of the Rose, translation of German Rosenkreutz, surname of the traditional founder of the society.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
It was originally employed in the three Manifestos of the Order, published as anonymous in the early 17th century: Fama Fraternitatis, 1614; Confessio Fraternitatis, 1615; and The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreuz, 1616. (Wiktionary)

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