Enlightenment definition

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A philosophical movement of the 1700s that emphasized the use of reason to scrutinize previously accepted doctrines and traditions and that brought about many humanitarian reforms. Used with the.
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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.

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A concept in spirituality, philosophy and psychology related to achieving clarity of perception, reason and knowledge.
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The state of being enlightened.
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The act or a means of enlightening.
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An act of enlightening, or the state of being enlightened or instructed.
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(buddhism & hinduism) A state in which the individual transcends desire and suffering and attains nirvana.
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(definite article) A 17th and 18th-century philosophical movement in European history; the Age of Enlightenment or Age of Reason emphasizing rationalism.
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An enlightening or being enlightened.
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the Enlightenment
  • 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
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
enlightenment
Plural:
enlightenments

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Enlightenment