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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.


  1. Enlightenment

    Enlightenment is a single written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1990 album Enlightenment. Biographer Brian Hinton comments "'Enlightenment' is actually the opposite of what it sounds: it is full of doubt, not affirmation. 'I'm meditating and still I'm suffering.' He seems to be saying everything is a state of mind, you can choose to live in heaven or hell."In a Rolling Stone review, John Swenson writes that the album Enlightenment is a sequel to Avalon Sunset and enables Morrison to have a new start (musically and spiritually). "Morrison is so pleased with his new start that he can even poke fun at his quest on the title track. 'I'm in the here and now and I'm meditating/And still I'm suffering but that's my problem,' he sings. 'Enlightenment, don't know what it is' – and he doesn't sound disturbed at all."


  1. enlightenment

    Enlightenment is a state of spiritual or intellectual awakening where one gains deep insight, understanding, or knowledge about the universe or one's own existence. It typically refers to the shedding of ignorance or illusions, and the attaining of clarity, wisdom or spiritual illumination. The term is often used in philosophical, religious or spiritual contexts.

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. Visions of Gregorian Chants:

    From the persistence of noise comes the insistence of rage. From the emergence of tone comes the divergence of thought. From the enlightenment of music comes the wisdom of... silence.

  2. Nikola Tesla:

    Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment and merging of races, and we are still far from this blissful realization.

  3. Amit Ray:

    Enlightenment is the transforming process that makes one kind, happy, and compassionate to the world. Enlightenment is bringing greatness in our ordinary life. Enlightenment is bringing beauty in our words, actions, breath and thoughts. Enlightenment is unfolding our true divinity. Enlightenment is bringing sweetness in our relationships. Enlightenment is making friendship with the whole existence. Enlightenment is making the whole existence as the center of your heart.

  4. Nicholas Dungan:

    This is a victory of values, the values of the Enlightenment, the values of France, the values on which America was founded, the values from which the US and the UK have gone significantly astray, this is the end of know-nothing populism.

  5. Shinsho:

    Does one really have to fret About enlightenment? No matter what road I travel, I’m going home.

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