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, "J-Pop Star Gen Hoshino Reflects, 'The World Seems Closer': Interview," 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, "Remembering Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer-Winning Food Critic and Los Angeles Icon," 22 July 2018 Push the bar, monkey, and get an infomercial on satori! Ty Burr,, "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

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“Satori.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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