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ENLIGHTENED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does enlightened mean? 

ENLIGHTENED (noun)
  The noun ENLIGHTENED has 1 sense:

1. people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity

  Familiarity information: ENLIGHTENED used as a noun is very rare.


ENLIGHTENED (adjective)
  The adjective ENLIGHTENED has 4 senses:

1. highly educated; having extensive information or understanding
2. having knowledge and spiritual insight
3. freed from illusion
4. having or based on relevant experience

  Familiarity information: ENLIGHTENED used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ENLIGHTENED (noun)


Sense 1enlightened [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

People who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

enlightened; initiate

Context example:

it is very familiar to the initiate

Hypernyms ("enlightened" is a kind of...):

people ((plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively)


ENLIGHTENED (adjective)


Sense 1enlightened [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Highly educated; having extensive information or understanding

Synonyms:

well-educated; lettered; knowledgeable; enlightened; learned; well-read; knowing

Context examples:

an enlightened public / knowing instructors / a knowledgeable critic / a knowledgeable audience

Similar:

educated (possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge))


Sense 2enlightened [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having knowledge and spiritual insight

Similar:

edified (instructed and encouraged in moral, intellectual, and spiritual improvement)

Also:

educated (possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge))

informed (having much knowledge or education)

Antonym:

unenlightened (not enlightened; ignorant)


Sense 3enlightened [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Freed from illusion

Synonyms:

disillusioned; enlightened

Similar:

disenchanted (freed from enchantment)


Sense 4enlightened [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or based on relevant experience

Synonyms:

educated; enlightened

Context examples:

an educated guess / an enlightened electorate

Similar:

informed (having much knowledge or education)


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