Enlightenment is education or awareness that brings change, such as your enlightenment about nutrition that leads you to throw out every last bit of your family's junk food.

In Hinduism and Buddhism, enlightenment is also sometimes called "awakening" — after all, the name "Buddha" means "the awakened one." Not all enlightenments are spiritual: your enlightenment about environmental issues, for example, can awaken you to new ways of conserving resources like water and electricity. The Enlightenment started in the 1700s, a historical era defined by a focus on reason and science.

Definitions of enlightenment
  1. noun
    education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge
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    a lack of understanding
    edification, sophistication
    uplifting enlightenment
    (Zen Buddhism) a state of sudden spiritual enlightenment
    disenchantment, disillusion, disillusionment
    freedom from false belief or illusions
    type of:
    knowledge acquired by learning and instruction
  2. noun
    (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness
    synonyms: nirvana
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    type of:
    beatification, beatitude, blessedness
    a state of supreme happiness
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