Definition of enlightenment
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
the search for spiritual enlightenment
His comments failed to provide enlightenment.
the enlightenment of the public through education
Recent Examples of enlightenment from the Web
Then again, maybe living in 300 square feet doesn’t instantly trigger enlightenment.
The only thing that makes sense to do is strive for greater collective enlightenment.
Two of the nonprofit organization's missions are to provide enlightenment to the community and to provide opportunities for artists.
The enlightenment and subsequent reforms came years too late for Richard Jones, now 41.
The award honors individuals for their contributions to public discourse and the cultural enlightenment of society.
The play itself is imperfect, with a sentimental ending and one character’s unconvincing enlightenment.
The 10-episode first season addresses the same concerns as the 2014 movie it’s based on: race, racism, appropriation, assimilation, conflict and enlightenment.
Instead of punishing him somehow, MacArthur’s staff realized how critically important this man was to the American decision to rebuild Japan as a capitalist and industrial society, making it a beacon of economic enlightenment across Asia.
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First Known Use of enlightenment
ENLIGHTENMENT Defined for English Language Learners
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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