satori

noun
sa·to·ri | \sə-ˈtȯr-ē, sä-\

Definition of satori 

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

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Push the bar, monkey, and get an infomercial on satori! Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "A day free of screens (sort of)," 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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