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ENLIGHTENING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does enlightening mean? 

ENLIGHTENING (adjective)
  The adjective ENLIGHTENING has 2 senses:

1. tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance
2. enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement

  Familiarity information: ENLIGHTENING used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ENLIGHTENING (adjective)


Sense 1enlightening [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance

Synonyms:

enlightening; illuminating; informative

Context examples:

an enlightening glimpse of government in action / an illuminating lecture

Antonym:

unenlightening (failing to inform or clarify)


Sense 2enlightening [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement

Synonyms:

edifying; enlightening

Context example:

the paintings in the church served an edifying purpose even for those who could not read


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