from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or a means of enlightening.
- n. The state of being enlightened.
- n. A philosophical movement of the 18th century that emphasized the use of reason to scrutinize previously accepted doctrines and traditions and that brought about many humanitarian reforms. Used with the.
- n. Buddhism & Hinduism A blessed state in which the individual transcends desire and suffering and attains Nirvana.
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- n. An act of enlightening, or the state of being enlightened or instructed.
- n. A concept in spirituality, philosophy and psychology related to achieving clarity of perception, reason and knowledge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Act of enlightening, or the state of being enlightened or instructed.
- n. same as AufklÄrung.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. [Tr. G. aufklärung.] Independence of thought; rationalism, especially the rationalism of the eighteenth century.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness
- n. a movement in Europe from about 1650 until 1800 that advocated the use of reason and individualism instead of tradition and established doctrine
- n. education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge
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