enlightenment

noun en·light·en·ment \ in-ˈlī-tᵊn-mənt , en- \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of enlightenment

1 : the act or means of enlightening : the state of being enlightened
2 capitalized : a philosophical movement of the 18th century marked by a rejection of traditional social, religious, and political ideas and an emphasis on rationalism used with the
3 Buddhism : a final blessed state marked by the absence of desire or suffering

Examples of enlightenment in a Sentence

  1. the search for spiritual enlightenment

  2. His comments failed to provide enlightenment.

  3. the enlightenment of the public through education

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First Known Use of enlightenment

1621



ENLIGHTENMENT Defined for English Language Learners

enlightenment

noun

Definition of enlightenment for English Language Learners

  • : the state of having knowledge or understanding : the act of giving someone knowledge or understanding

  • the Enlightenment : a movement of the 18th century that stressed the belief that science and logic give people more knowledge and understanding than tradition and religion

  • Buddhism : a final spiritual state marked by the absence of desire or suffering



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