the Enlightenment

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the Enlightenment

: a movement of the 18th century that stressed the belief that science and logic give people more knowledge and understanding than tradition and religion

Word by Word Definitions

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  1. : the act or means of enlightening : the state of being enlightened

  2. : a philosophical movement of the 18th century marked by a rejection of traditional social, religious, and political ideas and an emphasis on rationalism

  3. : a final blessed state marked by the absence of desire or suffering


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