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 enlightening
But one of the most enlightening experiences was realizing how close all of this hits to home.A Rallying Cry Against the Oversexualization of Our Youth
November 30, 2014
All in all, it was about as enlightening and informative than your usual presidential press conference.Fiscal Cliff, Day 27: #Stalemate
December 3, 2012
Reading this revealing book was both upsetting and enlightening and made me proud of my father for his foresight and courage.My Father's Peace Proposal
November 9, 2012
Much looking forward to going on with what is apparently also a trenchant and enlightening book.Book Bag: What Nick Harkaway Is Reading
November 6, 2012
That's great, governor--how about enlightening the rest of us?Debate Liveblogging
October 17, 2012
At all events, this was a subject upon which I received no enlightening from their confidant.
This he says for the enlightening and strengthening of our faith.
"She—she's the best ever," was Mr. Farraday's explicit and enlightening answer.Blue-grass and Broadway
Maria Thompson Daviess
He perceived in a flash that he could remember an infinity of enlightening occurrences.Tales of Unrest
As you know so much, there can be little harm in enlightening you on that part of the story.The Grell Mystery
- 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 enlightening
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