sa·​to·​ri sə-ˈtȯr-ē How to pronounce satori (audio)
: 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,, 8 Mar. 2018

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Word History



First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of satori was in 1727

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“Satori.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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