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ENLIGHTENMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Enlightenment mean? 

ENLIGHTENMENT (noun)
  The noun ENLIGHTENMENT has 3 senses:

1. education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge
2. (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness
3. a movement in the 18th century that advocated the use of reason in the reappraisal of accepted ideas and social institutions

  Familiarity information: ENLIGHTENMENT used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ENLIGHTENMENT (noun)


Sense 1enlightenment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

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

education (knowledge acquired by learning and instruction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "enlightenment"):

edification; sophistication (uplifting enlightenment)

satori ((Zen Buddhism) a state of sudden spiritual enlightenment)

Antonym:

unenlightenment (a lack of understanding)


Sense 2enlightenment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

Nirvana; enlightenment

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

beatification; beatitude; blessedness (a state of supreme happiness)

Domain category:

Hindooism; Hinduism (a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and characterized by a belief in reincarnation and a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils)

Buddhism (the teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct and wisdom and meditation releases one from desire and suffering and rebirth)


Sense 3Enlightenment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A movement in the 18th century that advocated the use of reason in the reappraisal of accepted ideas and social institutions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

Age of Reason; Enlightenment

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

reform movement (a movement intended to bring about social and humanitarian reforms)


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