en·​light·​en·​ing | \ in-ˈlīt-niŋ How to pronounce enlightening (audio) , -ˈlī-tᵊn-iŋ, en-\

Definition of enlightening

: providing or tending to provide knowledge, understanding, or insight a very enlightening discussion … he takes readers on enlightening excursions through the nature of Judaism, Hegelian philosophy, wherever his curiosity heads.— George Johnson

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enlighteningly adverb

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The result is an unpredictable work, by turns shocking, poignant, enlightening and inspired. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: A Case of Mistaken Identity," 11 Oct. 2018 These have been both disturbing and enlightening experiences, to say the least. latimes.com, "Responsible sober-home operators are being erroneously scapegoated," 22 May 2018 Rodriguez also posted a teased his proposal on Instagram stories the day before the engagement with an enlightening quote. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Are Engaged," 10 Mar. 2019 Colton's conversation with Chris Harrison will be enlightening, and probably a tiny bit hilarious. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Star Colton Underwood on How Rejected He Felt When Cassie Left," 5 Mar. 2019 The International Center of Photography showcases images with a purpose, often with enlightening exhibitions focused on social and political commentary. John Wogan, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Museums in New York City," 27 Feb. 2018 But universality is a thin line that separates the obvious from the enlightening; things that everyone feels risk triteness when turned into art. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "HBO drama ponders the 'Here and Now'," 9 Feb. 2018 The focus on menswear was echoed by Metrick, who said its broad spectrum is enlightening and inspiring. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Saks Fifth Avenue and Vanity Fair Celebrate the 2018 Best Dressed List in Style at Manhatta," 13 Sep. 2018 O’Rourke and Obama could have an enlightening conversation on what their political party needs to do to galvanize voters moving forward. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "6 Things Barack Obama and Beto O'Rourke Could Discuss Other Than the 2020 Election," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of enlightening

1574, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of enlightening was in 1574

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