• WordNet 3.6
    • n enlightenment education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge
    • n Enlightenment 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"
    • n enlightenment (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The complete title of the Statue of Liberty is Liberty Enlightening the World
    • Enlightenment Act of enlightening, or the state of being enlightened or instructed.
    • Enlightenment same as AufklÄrung.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n enlightenment The act of enlightening, or the state of being enlightened; attainment or possession of intellectual light; used absolutely, a lighting up or enlargement of the understanding by means of acquired knowledge and wisdom; more narrowly, an illumination of the mind or acquisition of knowledge with regard to a particular subject or fact.
    • n enlightenment [Tr. G. aufklärung.] Independence of thought; rationalism, especially the rationalism of the eighteenth century.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Enlightenment act of enlightening: state of being enlightened: the spirit of the French philosophers of the 18th century
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.”
  • St. Augustine
    “O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.”
  • 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.”
  • M. Scott Peck
    M. Scott Peck
    “Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love.”
  • John Dryden
    “Love works a different way in different minds, the fool it enlightens and the wise it blinds.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, does the enlightened man dislike to wade into its waters.”


In literature:

But her inquiring pupil did not feel much enlightened.
"Mary Marston" by George MacDonald
The idea of a candidate for office in this enlightened age breaking loose in that manner!
"The Sturdy Oak" by Samuel Merwin, et al.
And as you can see, we surround ourselves with all means of enlightenment.
"Lourdes From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
But in our enlightened age anything whatever may be expected.
"The Road to Damascus" by August Strindberg
May I ask, Lucius, what new truth you have learned with which to enlighten us?
"Zenobia" by William Ware
And that dazzling flare brought Pierre enlightenment.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
And as you can see, we surround ourselves with all means of enlightenment.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
It is hoped this will bring enlightenment to the witch, as well as others.
"Dorothy's Mystical Adventures in Oz" by Robert J. Evans
A day of enlightenment was in store for him.
"The Fortune Hunter" by Louis Joseph Vance
He possessed a soul brave, liberal, enlightened, and ingenuous.
"Beaux and Belles of England" by Mary Robinson

In poetry:

Released from her daily employment,
Intent upon solid enjoyment,
Her time she won't idle,
But reads in her Bible,
And books that divinely enlighten.
"The Cottage Maid" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Her's is the Energy of Soul sincere.
Her Christian Spirit ignorant to feign,
Seeks but to comfort, heal, enlighten, chear,
Confer a pleasure, or prevent a pain.—
"To The Memory Of Mrs. Lefroy Who Died Dec: 16 -- My Birthday." by Jane Austen
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
But whence is that ray which thro' the gloom brightens,
And scatters its radiance the meadows among?
'Tis the torch of the glow-worm that nightly enlightens,
And shines for the elves as they trip it along.
"How Canst Thou Doubt?" by Charlotte Dacre
"Now this is all my subtlety and this is all my Wit,
"God give thee good enlightenment. My Master in the Pit.
"But behold all Earth is laid
"In the Peace which I have made,
"And behold I wait on thee to trouble it!"
"The Peace of Dives" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

I found it enlightening to learn that the Latin roots of the word " haggle " literally mean "to hack" or "to cut unevenly.
George Orwell 's diaries give us less than enlightening glimpse into everyday life of author of '1984'.
Yesterday Cooper Patterson enlightened me with his thoughts on the subject and, with his permission, it goes like this.
In those rare cases when George W Bush shows genuine sensitivity to America's allies and propounds a broader, more enlightened view of the national interest, Democrats will make him pay.
VENICE — "Illuminations," the title of the main exhibition at the 54th Venice Biennale here, is meant to evoke the notion of artists as a source of enlightenment.
I'm not quite ready to give up hot soup in the spring, but I definitely want an "enlightened" change from the hearty ones of winter.
We're fortunate have enlightening, powerful theater regularly available at Syracuse Stage.
Educated, enlightened people are harder to control.
Clearly show the reason why this proposal follows the Sabbatical 's theme, and how your photographs will enlighten readers about the subject.
They describe in several languages a society laid out according to Enlightenment ideals—a society embracing religious tolerance in which "human cruelty and violence" may be overcome through "social improvement and government structures".
Three enlightened teenagers I know have formed a gang called The Disciples.
Center for Spiritual Enlightenment Hosts Over 50 People at Annual Victorian Séance .
Over 50 people left skepticism at the door when they entered the Falls Church-based Center for Spiritual Enlightenment building next to the State Theatre recently to partake in a séance .
That seems to be the steaming road apple in my path to a proper solder joint could you enlighten me.
Today we have the Enlightened Redneck: Mike Damron, singer/ guitarist of the Oregon quintet I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House.

In science:

This sub ject has been enlightened by a number of other researches (see, for instance, the papers of Deeter & Boynton (1982), Deeter(1984), Taylor 1991, Matsakis al. 1997).
Millisecond and Binary Pulsars as Nature's Frequency Standards. III. Fourier Analysis and Spectral Sensitivity of Timing Observations to Low-Frequency Noise
Acknowledgments The main results contained in this paper formed part of my Ph.D. thesis (Uppsala University 1998). I am deeply grateful to Oleg Viro, Tobias Ekholm and Viktor Goryunov for many enlightening discussions.
Arnold-type Invariants of Curves on Surfaces
Yiou for enlightening discussions on time series analysis and statistics.
Random Lag Singular Cross-Spectrum Analysis
To my mind European culture peaked in the 18th century Age of Enlightenment, both in the development of scientific attitudes and socially, in fields as disparate as government (Jefferson), history (Gibbon), literature (Goethe) and music (Mozart).
MESON2000 Conference Summary
We want to emphasize here that in our formalism there is no need to the decomposition “vertical” and “horizontal” parts thanks to the use of Equation (17) which is much more enlightened than Equation (15).
Finite dimesional Hamiltonian formalism for gauge and field theories