enlightening

adjective
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

Other Words from enlightening

enlighteningly adverb

Examples of enlightening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Doing yoga or meditation with a group of people may be even more enlightening for you. Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 Yet what makes this such an engaging and enlightening documentary is Hawk himself — so frank and reflective in his interviews. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Approachable and enlightening, the Latigo-Sidewinder loop offers a quick trip that’s packed with botanical, geological and scenic wonders. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 25 Mar. 2022 Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns illuminates the Great Migration of African-Americans with true-life stories and as a TV series would be both entertaining and enlightening. ... ELLE, 29 Mar. 2022 Mouths of Rain compiles the work of Black lesbian writers and thinkers primarily across the 20th and 21st centuries; the result is enlightening and deeply communal. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 25 Feb. 2022 As an expert in the complexity of communication, Professor Kershenbaum’s chapters on the development and functioning of extraterrestrial communication are particularly enlightening and educational. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 The enlightening report revealed that more than 75% of international audiences want to see multicultural content, especially respondents from Mexico (88.5%), India (86.1%) and Colombia (84.9%). Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 16 Mar. 2022 Peach Blossom is inspired by author Melissa Fu's father's real-life experiences and is an enlightening take on the immigrant experience. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of enlightening

1574, in the meaning defined above

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27 May 2022

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“Enlightening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlightening. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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