See also: Enlightenment
- enlightment (rare)
enlightenment (usually uncountable, plural enlightenments)
- An act of enlightening, or the state of being enlightened or instructed.
- A concept in spirituality, philosophy and psychology related to achieving clarity of perception, reason and knowledge.
- 1893, Thomas Huxley, Evolution and Ethics:
- But the man who has attained enlightenment sees that the apparent reality is mere illusion, or, as was said a couple of thousand years later, that there is nothing good nor bad but thinking makes it so.
- 2014 July 31, Oliver C. Speck, editor, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained: The Continuation of Metacinema, Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 25:
- Thus Django becomes the carrier of the “public use of one's reason”—the Kantian road to enlightenment given to him by the German “Forty-Eighter” dentist–turned-bounty hunter Dr. “King” Schultz, and represents the fictive, allohistorical beginning of the battle against slavery and racism in the United States.
act of enlightening, state of being enlightened
- enlightenment at OneLook Dictionary Search
- enlightenment in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
- “enlightenment”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.