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1 education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge [ant: unenlightenment]
2 (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness [syn: Nirvana]
3 a movement in the 18th century that advocated the use of reason in the reappraisal of accepted ideas and social institutions [syn: Age of Reason]

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see Enlightenment



  1. An act of enlightening, or the state of being enlightened or instructed.
  2. A concept in religious mysticism, philosophy and psychology related to achieving clarity of perception, reason and knowledge.


act of enlightening, state of being enlightened
  • Finnish: valaistuminen
  • German: Aufklärung
  • Russian: просветление
philosophy and psychology related to achieving clarity of perception, reason and knowledge
  • Finnish: valistus

Extensive Definition

Enlightenment may refer to:

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enlightenment in Czech: Osvícení
enlightenment in German: Aufklärung
enlightenment in Spanish: Iluminación
enlightenment in Estonian: Valgustus
enlightenment in French: Enlightenment
enlightenment in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Illuminismo
enlightenment in Hebrew: הארה
enlightenment in Malay (macrolanguage): Zaman Kesedaran (nyahkekaburan)
enlightenment in Dutch: Verlichting
enlightenment in Polish: Oświecenie
enlightenment in Russian: Просветление
enlightenment in Simple English: Enlightenment
enlightenment in Serbian: Просветитељство

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