What does enlightenment mean?

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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.

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. H.W. Mann:

    Enlightenment is seeing things as they are rather than as we imagine

  2. RVM:

    Three are the Peaks that everyone Seeks: Achievement, Fulfillment and Enlightenment.

  3. Amit Ray:

    Enlightenment is making friendship with the whole existence.

  4. Seán O'Casey:

    Disease an never be conquered, can never be quelled by emotion's willful screaming or faith's symbolic prayer. It can only be conquered by the energy of humanity and the cunning in the mind of man. In the patience of a Curie, in the enlightenment of a Faraday, a Rutherford, a Pasteur, a Nightingale, and all other apostles of light and cleanliness, rather than of a woebegone godliness, we shall find final deliverance from plague, pestilence, and famine.

  5. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Just as every vessel is not the same, therefore, enlightenment will also vary according to your patience, heart, mind, and body whenever it comes to endure challenges in life.

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