What does enlightenment mean?

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ɛnˈlaɪt n mənten·light·en·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enlightenment(noun)

    education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge

  2. nirvana, enlightenment(noun)

    (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 Reason(noun)

    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. enlightenment(Noun)

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

  2. enlightenment(Noun)

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

  3. Enlightenment(ProperNoun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enlightenment(noun)

    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. M Scott Peck:

    Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love.

  2. Bryant McGill:

    In order to deserve, we must pay our dues and steadily work for perfection. We must relish in struggle, and relinquish pride. We must dispel fear and seek enlightenment. We must shun division and honor love. We must know our hearts and seek to understand others. We must try, live, create, feel, grow and love.

  3. 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.

  4. Siddharth Astir:

    Ego is like our shadow.... when enlightenment is at its best there is no ego and we live well within ourselves.... however as soon as the sun (of sanity)starts setting our ego starts outgrowing us.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    If you keep on gazing into an empty bottomless darkness, there's a good chance that darkness will gaze back at you at some point. So, stay away from that dreadful Darkness, and always take a high road on the illuminated path that leads to brilliant bright Light and Enlightenment.

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