enlightened

Have you ever thought long and hard about a problem and then, suddenly, experienced an "ah-ha!" moment? If your answer is yes, then congratulations! You were enlightened or in possession of a clear understanding of what was otherwise mysterious.

The word enlightened comes from the Latin prefix en meaning "in, into" and the word lux meaning "light." Combine these meanings — "into the light" — and you're describing what it is that characterizes an enlightened person: a sense of clarity and understanding. People often seek to be enlightened spiritually, by taking pilgrimages, meditating, or looking to spiritual gurus like the Dalai Lama.

Definitions of enlightened
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adj having knowledge and spiritual insight

Synonyms:
educated
possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge)
edified
instructed and encouraged in moral, intellectual, and spiritual improvement
informed
having much knowledge or education
Antonyms:
unenlightened
not enlightened; ignorant
uneducated
not having a good education
benighted, dark
lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture
uninformed
not informed; lacking in knowledge or information
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adj characterized by full comprehension of the problem involved

“an enlightened electorate”
Synonyms:
educated
informed
having much knowledge or education

n people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity

Synonyms:
initiate
Antonyms:
uninitiate
people who have not been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity
Type of:
people
(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

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