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English noun: enlightenment

1. enlightenment (cognition) education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge

Broader (hypernym)education

Narrower (hyponym)edification, satori, sophistication


2. enlightenment (state) (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness


Broader (hypernym)beatification, beatitude, blessedness

Domain categoryBuddhism, Hindooism, Hinduism

3. Enlightenment (group) a movement in Europe from about 1650 until 1800 that advocated the use of reason and individualism instead of tradition and established doctrine

SamplesThe Enlightenment brought about many humanitarian reforms.

SynonymsAge of Reason

Broader (hypernym)reform movement

Instance hypernymage, historic period

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