en·​light·​ened | \ in-ˈlī-tᵊnd How to pronounce enlightened (audio) , en- \

Definition of enlightened

1 : freed from ignorance and misinformation an enlightened people an enlightened time
2 : based on full comprehension of the problems involved issued an enlightened ruling

Examples of enlightened in a Sentence

an enlightened approach to prison reform
Recent Examples on the Web Whatever the outcome of Breivik’s request for early parole, which will be decided by a three-judge panel in coming weeks, some take an enlightened view of the Norwegian government’s apparent commitment to treat him like any other prisoner. Mark Lewis, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Jan. 2022 The more enlightened companies share profits with their shareholders along the way and gain greater loyalty. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 And the fact remains that for all of Northam’s more enlightened rhetoric, Black Virginians continue to be incarcerated at a higher rate, live in worse poverty, and struggle to get quality health care and education. Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2022 Hollywood apologizes for over 100 years of stereotyping Latinos and promises a new, enlightened era. Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2021 In these more enlightened times, the director’s challenge is to find a balance between the original script and contemporary social mores. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Dec. 2021 According to the principal, the students frequently have a more enlightened view of depression, anxiety and mental health issues than many adults. cleveland, 15 Oct. 2021 There are more and more enlightened leaders, like Joly, in the American private sector. Peter Georgescu, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 This is where, in a more enlightened world, the education would flow in the other direction, from Mitchell to the Senate leader. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of enlightened

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Enlightened.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlightened. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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