• WordNet 3.6
    • v enlighten make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear "Could you clarify these remarks?","Clear up the question of who is at fault"
    • v enlighten give spiritual insight to; in religion
    • v enlighten make understand "Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The complete title of the Statue of Liberty is Liberty Enlightening the World
    • Enlighten To make clear to the intellect or conscience; to shed the light of truth and knowledge upon; to furnish with increase of knowledge; to instruct; as, to enlighten the mind or understanding. "The conscience enlightened by the Word and Spirit of God."
    • Enlighten To supply with light; to illuminate; as, the sun enlightens the earth. "His lightnings enlightened the world."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • enlighten To shed light upon; supply with light; illuminate.
    • enlighten To give intellectual or spiritual light to; illuminate by increase of knowledge and wisdom; instruct; impart knowledge to: as, to enlighten an ignorant community; she was soon enlightened as to his motives.
    • enlighten Synonyms To illume, illumine, irradiate.
    • enlighten To teach.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Enlighten en-līt′n to lighten or shed light on: to make clear to the mind: to impart knowledge to: to elevate by knowledge or religion—(obs.) Enlight′
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  • Alan Redpath
    Alan Redpath
    “The condition of an enlightened mind is a surrendered heart.”
  • Vic Braden
    Vic Braden
    “The moment of enlightenment is when a person's dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”
  • Nikos Kazantzakis
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.”
  • Idries Shah
    Idries Shah
    “Enlightenment must come little by little-otherwise it would overwhelm.”
  • Thomas Merton
    Thomas Merton
    “We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. en-, + lighten,: cf. AS. inlīhtan,. Cf. Enlight


In literature:

All human intelligences are more or less enlightened and cultivated.
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
The major, Without deigning to enlighten him, walked proudly away.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
One of the most enlightened, and perhaps most accomplished, men among the first inhabitants of Salem Village, was Townsend Bishop.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
For Canon Wharton enlightened Mrs. Hannay, and Mrs. Hannay enlightened Mr. Hannay, and Mr. Hannay enlightened Mr. Gorst.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
To the twenty-seven lamps with which the hall of audience was enlightened.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
A single question will suffice to enlighten us on this head.
"The Heavenly Father" by Ernest Naville
A Member: You are a long way from home, and it might enlighten the rest of us.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Thus our first interest and our first duty is to enlighten ourselves on this subject, whereon depends all our conduct.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
He traverses France, and enlightens himself from town to town; thence he passes into Italy.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
I am fully justified, in the face of our present enlightenment, in entering, at once, into the discussion as to its causes.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various

In poetry:

To feel on the verge of an exorcism
a rite of passage
To wait, or seek manhood
enlightenment in a gun
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
Enlighten thou his mind and thoughts, O Lord,
Inflame his heart, his tongue with knowledge fill,
That he may properly divine thy word
To all, according to thy holy will:
"A Prayer For Them, Who Go To Worship God In Public" by Rees Prichard
Others have gone; the way they went
Sweet sunny now, and safe our nest.
Humanity, enlightenment,
Against the warning hum protest:
Let the world hear that we know what is best.
"The Call" by George Meredith
Your pardon, gentlefolks, nor think me bold,
Because I thus our worthy promoter scold:
'Twas all feigned anger. This enlightened age
Requires a RUSE to bring one on the stage!
"Address For The Benefit Of Henry Placide." by George Pope Morris
Say does your heart expand to all mankind
And would you ever to your neighbour do,
— The weak, the strong, the enlightened and the blind -­
As you would have your neighbour do to you?
"A Word To The Calvinists" by Anne Bronte
Follow a Prophet — he'll enlighten thee —
Follow a Rabbi — thou shalt walk by rule —
Follow a Saint — and thou a Saint shall be —
Follow a Fool — and thou'lt be still a Fool.
"Advice To Avoid Bad Company" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Enlightened battle Taliban's ignorance.
'Girls,' ' Enlightened ' get return date.
HBO has confirmed its comedies "Girls" and " Enlightened " will return Jan 13.
Akin's mind stuck in pre- enlightened era.
Akin stuck in pre- enlightened era.
'Girls' and ' Enlightened ' to kick off second seasons in January.
'Girls,' ' Enlightened ' to return in January.
Fortunately for foodies, the meditation hall isn't the only place in the Tassajara Mountain Zen Center where folks are most likely places to experience enlightenment .
"Or exhilarating enlightenment , if you prefer.".
Enlightened Miss USA Contestant Alleges Pageant Was 'Rigged.
Matt Anderson is adding a chef's taste to his Enlightened Grain vodka, created in Winter Park.
Sowell's ' enlightened perspective' on Obama is appreciated.
Dermot Mulroney has joined the cast of HBO's Enlightened , Deadline reports.
When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America.
A still of Timm Sharp on Enlightened .

In science:

An enlightening talk on the current theories of the glass transition by R.
Energy landscape - a key concept for the dynamics of glasses and liquids
Acknowledgments. I would like to thank my advisor, Uffe Haagerup, with whom I had many enlightening discussions, and who made some important contributions to this paper.
Non-commutative Polynomials of Independent Gaussian Random Matrices. The Real and Symplectic Cases
The analogy with the cyphertext and key is also enlightening in this regard.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
X ) of the end-point of the PGRW tra jectories, Eq.(11), its generalization to the distribution of the intermediate steps Pl (X (n) l = X ) as well as to the distribution of the process Yl , Pl (Y = X ), is a completely unevident a priori result, which enlightens the process under consideration.
Random walk generated by random permutations of {1,2,3, ..., n+1}
As stated explicitly by BFG92, the Hipparcos mission would help enlighten this sub ject matter further by reducing uncertainties in the K giant data used in the experiment, enabling a new level of exploration into this sub ject matter.
Dark Matter in the Local Galactic Disk