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noun en·light·en·ment \in-ˈlī-tən-mənt, en-\

Simple Definition of enlightenment

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of enlightenment

  1. 1 :  the act or means of enlightening :  the state of being enlightened

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 Buddhism :  a final blessed state marked by the absence of desire or suffering

Examples of enlightenment in a sentence

  1. the search for spiritual enlightenment

  2. His comments failed to provide enlightenment.

  3. the enlightenment of the public through education



1654

First Known Use of enlightenment

1654




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