enlightenment: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (en-līt'n-munt), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of enlightening.
  2. the state of being enlightened: to live in spiritual enlightenment.
  3. (usually cap.) prajna.
  4. a philosophical movement of the 18th century, characterized by belief in the power of human reason and by innovations in political, religious, and educational doctrine.
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