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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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 And collectively, Congress should act like an enlightened microcosm of the general public, so that all segments, every industry, each locality has active agents explaining and promoting its interests. Gregory Koger, Vox, "The job of Congress: a primer," 17 Apr. 2018 Soon the world would transform, the ship would take off, and only the enlightened could come along. Alden Woods, azcentral, "Bentinho Massaro's Sedona Experiment: How the search for enlightenment led to a digital cult," 18 Apr. 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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