Origin of enlighten
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1. illumine, edify, teach, inform.
1. mystify, confuse, perplex, puzzle.
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Examples from the Web for enlighten
Maybe some of you Brits who followed me over from the dear old Graun could enlighten.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
Creator Rod Serling was compelled by the need “not to just entertain but to enlighten.”How a War-Weary Vet Created ‘The Twilight Zone’
November 13, 2014
With Sinclair as our non-judgmental guide, we see that these revelations are not meant to shock us but, perhaps, enlighten us.‘High Maintenance,’ Like a Good High, Is Funny and Sometimes Unsettling
November 11, 2014
They're supposed to give audiences hope and enlighten them while promoting positive emotions.Inside ‘Leviathan’: Russian Filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Award-Winning Anti-Putin Cannes Film
May 27, 2014
There is a way to examine modern dating habits that could both entertain and enlighten.Bravo’s ‘Online Dating Rituals’ Reveals American Males Are Creepy and Want Sex
March 10, 2014
Wheatstone by his knowledge of Ohm's law and the electro-magnet was probably able to enlighten him.Heroes of the Telegraph
On this point he found an opportunity to enlighten me before taking his seat.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
You seem learned in the law, young farmer; enlighten us, pray.The Shadow of a Crime
I have no doubt, gentlemen, that you will think harshly of me because I did not enlighten the Vicomte.
I must enlighten the Keeper of the Seals and the judges at Toulouse concerning my identity.
- to give information or understanding to; instruct; edify
- to free from ignorance, prejudice, or superstition
- to give spiritual or religious revelation to
- poetic to shed light on
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Word Origin and History for enlighten
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