verb (used with object)
Origin of enlighten
Examples from the Web for enlightened
Fully enlightened beings may be avatars, incarnations of various deities.Is India’s Fallen ‘God-Man’ So Different From a Megachurch Pastor?|Jay Michaelson|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was a dictator, to be sure, but also an enlightened reformer.
But now their country has an enlightened policy about paid leave.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder|Clive Irving|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A precocious talent, he was nurtured by enlightened teachers in London and then discovered California.
And the solution involves a re-education of males, including those of us who consider ourselves progressive and enlightened.
In these men China lost two of her most capable and enlightened officials.
That Columbine would have enlightened her had she done so was exceedingly doubtful.The Tidal Wave and Other Stories|Ethel May Dell
It was enlightened reason and patriotism gaining a victory over popular passions, over the assumptions of a State.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XI|John Lord
Two anatomists became famous through the investigations they were permitted to make under the patronage of the enlightened ruler.A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)|Henry Smith Williams
Local jealousies are rapidly yielding to more generous, enlarged, and enlightened views of national policy.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|James D. Richardson
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Word Origin and History for enlightened (1 of 2)
1630s, "illuminated;" 1660s in the sense "well-informed;" past participle adjective from enlighten.