enlightenment

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noun en·light·en·ment \in-ˈlī-tən-mənt, en-\

Definition of enlightenment

  1. 1 :  the act or means of enlightening :  the state of being enlightened

  2. 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. 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

1621

First Known Use of enlightenment

1621



ENLIGHTENMENT Defined for English Language Learners

enlightenment

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noun en·light·en·ment \in-ˈlī-tən-mənt, en-\

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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