en·light·en·ment noun \in-ˈlī-tən-mənt, en-\
: the state of having knowledge or understanding : the act of giving someone knowledge or understanding
the Enlightenment : a movement of the 18th century that stressed the belief that science and logic give people more knowledge and understanding than tradition and religion
Buddhism : a final spiritual state marked by the absence of desire or suffering
capitalized : a philosophic movement of the 18th century marked by a rejection of traditional social, religious, and political ideas and an emphasis on rationalism —used with the
Buddhism : a final blessed state marked by the absence of desire or suffering
Examples of ENLIGHTENMENT
- the search for spiritual enlightenment
- His comments failed to provide enlightenment.
- the enlightenment of the public through education
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