il·​lu·​mi·​nat·​ing | \ i-ˈlü-mə-ˌnā-tiŋ \

Definition of illuminating

: providing insight, clarity, or understanding : highly informative an illuminating remark/discussion … much of the information is quite illuminating— Glenn Kenny

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Kate Manne, a philosopher at Cornell, helped us make sense of it all with her illuminating analysis of what was really going on. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 The fifth model in the prestige British brand’s family deviates from the specterlike naming of the Ghost, Wraith and Phantom into more illuminating territory ushered in by the Dawn, which launched in 2015. Robert Duffer,, "Rolls-Royce of SUVs arrives with $325,000 Cullinan," 10 May 2018 These massive sing-outs were monstrously pleasurable and magnificently illuminating. Norman Lebrecht, WSJ, "‘Handel in London’ Review: The First Musician-Entrepreneur," 21 Dec. 2018 At the core of the line are the three daily Church Ritual products: a cream cleanser, hydrating elixir and illuminating serum. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Church Barber and Apothecary a worshipful experience of self," 11 Jan. 2018 The book is artful, illuminating, knowledgeable, wise, helpful and caring—like its author, a distinguished therapist and researcher at the Massachusetts General Hospital, who died in 2017. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: History and Journalism," 10 Dec. 2018 In hindsight, one of the most illuminating moments for observers of the William-Kate-Harry-and-Meghan dynamic came when the foursome were carrying out their first official engagement together at the Royal Foundation Forum in February. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Are Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Really Feuding?," 3 Dec. 2018 Kevin Williamson offers a rather more measured and illuminating conservative perspective. Will Wilkinson, Vox, "“Socialism” vs. “capitalism” is a false dichotomy," 16 Aug. 2018 Perhaps the most illuminating part of the survey was where respondents revealed what they’d be willing to give up for a week in order to keep using their phones. Carrie Battan, Harper's BAZAAR, "Escaping the Seduction of Your Smartphone," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of illuminating

1644, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of illuminating was in 1644

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