Origin of enlighten
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Related Wordsopen-minded, literate, sophisticated, civilized, reasonable, knowledgeable, liberal, cultivated, savvy, sharp, learned, refined, aware, broad-minded
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?
November 21, 2014
He was a dictator, to be sure, but also an enlightened reformer.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
But now their country has an enlightened policy about paid leave.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
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.#YesAllWomen Should Have the Church On Their Side
June 1, 2014
Listening to her I was no longer the enlightened, the creedless man.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
Called "trousers" by the enlightened and "pants" by the unworthy.The Devil's Dictionary
He possessed a soul brave, liberal, enlightened, and ingenuous.
Such were the remarks of my amiable and enlightened father-in-law!
Her liberal principles and her enlightened views are acknowledged by all.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
- factually well-informed, tolerant of alternative opinions, and guided by rational thoughtan enlightened administration; enlightened self-interest
- privy to or claiming a sense of spiritual or religious revelation of truththe search for an enlightened spiritual master
- 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
Word Origin and History for enlightened
1630s, "illuminated;" 1660s in the sense "well-informed;" past participle adjective from enlighten.