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enlightenment

 
Noun enlightenment has 3 senses
  1. enlightenment - education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge
    --1 is a kind of
    education
    Antonyms: unenlightenment
    --1 has particulars: edification, sophistication; satori
    Derived form: verb enlighten1
  2. Nirvana, enlightenment - (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness
    --2 is a kind of blessedness, beatitude, beatification
  3. Enlightenment, Age of Reason - a movement in the 18th century that advocated the use of reason in the reappraisal of accepted ideas and social institutions
    --3 is a kind of reform movement
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