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enlightenment Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge
  2. noun (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness
    nirvana.
  3. noun a movement in Europe from about 1650 until 1800 that advocated the use of reason and individualism instead of tradition and established doctrine
    Age of Reason.
    • the Enlightenment brought about many humanitarian reforms
WordNet

En*light"en*ment noun
Definitions
  1. Act of enlightening, or the state of being enlightened or instructed.

Webster 1913