Definition of enlightenment in English:


Syllabification: en·light·en·ment
Pronunciation: /enˈlītnmənt


  • 1The action of enlightening or the state of being enlightened: Robbie looked to me for enlightenment
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    • At that point, I experienced a brief, dazzling moment of enlightenment.
    • The television channel's mission was once to educate the nation and bring enlightenment to the masses.
    • Though those that follow it really believe it has helped them reach some kind of enlightenment.
    insight, understanding, awareness, wisdom, education, learning, knowledge; illumination, awakening, instruction, teaching; sophistication, advancement, development, open-mindedness, broad-mindedness; culture, refinement, cultivation, civilization
  • 1.1The action or state of attaining or having attained spiritual knowledge or insight, in particular (in Buddhism) that awareness which frees a person from the cycle of rebirth.
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    • Ultimately, the goal is to attain enlightenment, stopping the cycle of rebirth.
    • After the Buddha attained enlightenment, his disciples took refuge in him and from him.
    • On hearing the Buddha's second sermon the five attained full enlightenment.
  • 2 (the Enlightenment) A European intellectual movement of the late 17th and 18th centuries emphasizing reason and individualism rather than tradition. It was heavily influenced by 17th-century philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, and Newton, and its prominent exponents include Kant, Goethe, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Adam Smith.

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