What does Enlightenment mean?

Definitions for Enlightenment
ɛnˈlaɪt n mənten·light·en·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enlightenmentnoun

    education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge

  2. nirvana, enlightenmentnoun

    (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness

  3. Enlightenment, Age of Reasonnoun

    a movement in Europe from about 1650 until 1800 that advocated the use of reason and individualism instead of tradition and established doctrine

    "the Enlightenment brought about many humanitarian reforms"


  1. enlightenmentnoun

    An act of enlightening, or the state of being enlightened or instructed.

  2. enlightenmentnoun

    A concept in spirituality, philosophy and psychology related to achieving clarity of perception, reason and knowledge.

  3. Enlightenmentnoun

    A 17th and 18th-century philosophical movement in European history; the Age of Enlightenment or Age of Reason emphasizing rationalism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enlightenmentnoun

    act of enlightening, or the state of being enlightened or instructed


  1. Enlightenment

    Enlightenment refers to the "full comprehension of a situation". It is commonly used to denote the Age of Enlightenment, but is also used in Western cultures in a religious context. It translates several Buddhist terms and concepts, most notably bodhi, kensho and satori. Related terms from Asian religions are moksha in Hinduism and Kevala Jnana in Jainism. In Christianity, the word "enlightenment" is rarely used, except to refer to the Age of Enlightenment and its influence on Christianity. Equivalent terms may be revelation, metanoia and conversion.

Editors Contribution

  1. enlightenment

    To provide and receive specific and accurate intuition, feeling, knowing, understanding, knowledge, logic, perception, reason, wisdom, knowledge, data, information and facts.

    Their enlightenment brought them together and they married very quickly as they both loved each other to the depth of their souls.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 28, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Enlightenment in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Enlightenment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Enlightenment in a Sentence

  1. Amit Ray:

    Enlightenment is making friendship with the whole existence.

  2. Kathryn Ann Atkins:

    Complete enlightenment COULDN'T possibly be a good thing. Balance is key. Neither dark nor light should win. Humanity only wins through balance .

  3. H.W. Mann:

    Enlightenment is like giving God a high five

  4. Salman Aziz:

    Getting degree only makes someone literate to the society or the nation. But sometime their uncultured acts make them illiterate. Cause they have uneducated mind. Their minds have never got enlightenment with the true education that supposed to make them better person.

  5. Andrew Neil:

    Cancel culture is insidious, it stands against everything we have stood for since the Enlightenment onwards and that is why it is serious.

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