Associations to the word «Enlightenment»


ENLIGHTENMENT, noun. An act of enlightening, or the state of being enlightened or instructed.
ENLIGHTENMENT, noun. A concept in spirituality, philosophy and psychology related to achieving clarity of perception, reason and knowledge.
ENLIGHTENMENT, proper noun. (definite article) A 17th and 18th-century philosophical movement in European history; the Age of Enlightenment or Age of Reason emphasizing rationalism.

Dictionary definition

ENLIGHTENMENT, noun. Education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge.
ENLIGHTENMENT, noun. (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness.
ENLIGHTENMENT, noun. 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".

Wise words

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them.
Paul Gauguin