en·​light·​ened | \ in-ˈlī-tᵊnd , 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

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Missouri can distinguish itself by providing excellent public education and by taking an enlightened approach to public safety. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Mohiam belongs to an archaic order called the Bene Gesserit, and all-female group focusing on acquiring more power and influence to direct humanity on an enlightened path. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune'," 14 Jan. 2019 Both Harvey and Ambrose (Chance Perdomo), a pansexual witch who lives with Sabrina and her aunts, are enlightened, and the actors who play them were thrilled about diving into this feminist world. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Is Dark and Scary, But Not in the Way You Think," 26 Oct. 2018 Whatever some of the less enlightened members of Mr. Corbyn’s base among the British Muslim community may think, the secular Labour elite doesn’t blame the Jews for rejecting Muhammed. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Jeremy Corbyn and the Socialism of Fools," 10 Sep. 2018 To lure the enlightened buyer, luxury developers are offering morning yoga, mindfulness coaches and meditation chambers with ergonomic cushions. James Freeman, WSJ, "Hold on to ’16 as Long as You Can," 30 July 2018 In one, its university becomes a modern-day House of Wisdom, and the Hashemites are revived as benevolent enlightened leaders. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Cities That Never Existed," 17 June 2018 Some consider exercise the healthiest and most enlightened form of stress relief, but my personal default mode is set to turning pages, not pounding pavement. Kelsey Keith, Curbed, "The inaugural monthly column from Curbed’s editor-in-chief turns an eye to Postmodernism, following the loss of Robert Venturi," 24 Sep. 2018 Contributing to the coziness is a large hearth where the fire is stoked all day long and a rotating menagerie of culinary seekers arrive to warm themselves with morning espressos before the day’s class in enlightened country living begins. Adam Sachs, Town & Country, "How Tasmania Became the Food World’s Newest Culinary Odyssey," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of enlightened

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of enlightened

: having or showing a good understanding of how people should be treated : not ignorant or narrow in thinking

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