- Enlightenment is defined as being advanced and having gained necessary information or knowledge, especially spiritual knowledge.
- An example of enlightenment is when you become educated about a particular course of study or a particular religion.
- An example of enlightenment was The Age of Enlightenment, a time in Europe during the 17th and 18th century considered an intellectual movement driven by reason.
enlightenment definition by Webster's New World
enlightenment definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act or a means of enlightening.b. The state of being enlightened.
- Enlightenment A philosophical movement of the 18th century that emphasized the use of reason to scrutinize previously accepted doctrines and traditions and that brought about many humanitarian reforms. Used with the.
- Buddhism & Hinduism A blessed state in which the individual transcends desire and suffering and attains Nirvana.
enlightenment - Cultural Definition
An intellectual movement of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries marked by a celebration of the powers of human reason, a keen interest in science, the promotion of religious toleration, and a desire to construct governments free of tyranny. Some of the major figures of the Enlightenment were David Hume, Immanuel Kant, John Locke, the Baron de Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Voltaire.
enlightenment - Phrases/Idioms
- a mainly 18th-cent. European philosophical movement characterized by a reliance on reason and experience rather than dogma and tradition and by an emphasis on humanitarian political goals and social progress
- the period of this movement