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Meaning & Definition of Enlightenment in English

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Enlightenment

/ɛnlaɪtənmənt/

noun

1. Education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge

    synonym:
  • enlightenment

2. (hinduism and buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation

  • Characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness
    synonym:
  • nirvana
  • ,
  • enlightenment

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • Enlightenment
  • ,
  • Age of Reason