en·​light·​en·​ing in-ˈlīt-niŋ How to pronounce enlightening (audio)
: 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
enlighteningly adverb

Examples of enlightening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Through historical flashbacks and research trips that jet Wilkerson to Germany and India, along with enlightening talks with loved ones, Wilkerson pieces together a convincing argument that opens the window to looking at race and oppression of others into a thought-provoking new way. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 17 Jan. 2024 The experience proved enlightening and inspired hope about her parents' situation. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 5 Jan. 2024 Outrage can be engaging when criticizing government programs, but the facts are more enlightening. Diana Zuckerman, STAT, 2 Feb. 2024 In Seeking Mavis Beacon, a frenzied and enlightening documentary, filmmaker Jazmin Jones embarks on a Searching for Sugarman-style quest to find the actual Mavis Beacon. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2024 The thing to understand is this: the right to free speech protects highly offensive, vulgar and despicable speech along with enlightening, respectful and affirming speech. Douglas S. Lavine, Hartford Courant, 6 Jan. 2024 Their enlightening conversation provides a comprehensive and insightful perspective on aging gracefully while maintaining resilience in the face of life’s challenges. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Dec. 2023 Their stories run the gamut from shocking to humorous to enlightening. Christa Titus, Billboard, 15 Dec. 2023 With the releases of Folklore and Evermore, Swift found an enlightening producer and songwriting partner in Dessner, 47, expanding her sound and lyrical universe to critical acclaim and commercial success. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 5 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1574, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of enlightening was in 1574

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“Enlightening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlightening. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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