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1. enlightenment

noun. ['ˌɛnˈlaɪtənmənt'] education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge.

Synonyms

  • education
  • sophistication
  • edification

Antonyms

  • inactivity
  • inexperience
  • naivete
  • unhappiness

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Words that Rhyme with Enlightenment

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Example sentences of the word enlightenment


1. Noun, singular or mass
Meditating quietly on a koan helps to cut through the intellectual obstacles that stand in the way of enlightenment.

2. Adjective
It was built to honor the site where the Buddha achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.

Quotes containing the word enlightenment


1. Enlightenment is man's release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man's inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Self-incurred is this tutelage when its cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another. Sapere aude! 'Have courage to use your own reason!'- that is the motto of enlightenment.
- Immanuel Kant, An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?

2. The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines.
- Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

3. We look for the Secret - the Philosopher's Stone, the Elixir of the Wise, Supreme Enlightenment, 'God' or whatever...and all the time it is carrying us about...It is the human nervous system itself.
- Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger Volume I: Final Secret of the Illuminati

2. enlightenment

noun. ['ˌɛnˈlaɪtənmənt'] (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness.

Synonyms

  • beatitude
  • beatification
  • blessedness

Antonyms

  • darkness
  • ignorance

3. 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.

Synonyms

  • reform movement
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