satori

noun
sa·​to·​ri | \ sə-ˈtȯr-ē How to pronounce satori (audio) , sä- \

Definition of satori

: sudden enlightenment and a state of consciousness attained by intuitive illumination representing the spiritual goal of Zen Buddhism

Examples of satori in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's a term called satori [meaning awakening/ enlightenment in Japanese] in Buddhist and Zen teachings. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 31 Dec. 2019 To me that’s so much of what Los Angeles is about, that almost feeling of satori in traffic. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, 22 July 2018 Push the bar, monkey, and get an infomercial on satori! Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of satori

1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for satori

Japanese

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“Satori.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/satori. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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