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
Full Definition of enlightenment
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 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
First Known Use of enlightenment
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