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    enlightenment - Dictionary definition and meaning for word enlightenment

    (noun) education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge Definition
    (noun) (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness
    Synonyms : nirvana
    (noun) a movement in Europe from about 1650 until 1800 that advocated the use of reason and individualism instead of tradition and established doctrine
    Synonyms : age of reason
    Example Sentence
    • the Enlightenment brought about many humanitarian reforms
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