Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
A term anciently applied to such as had received baptism. The name was occasioned by a ceremony in the baptism of adults, which consisted in putting a lighted taper in the hand of the person baptized, as a symbol of the faith and grace he had received in the sacrament.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Illuminati (1)'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/i/illuminati-1.html. 1802.