verb (used with object)
to give intellectual or spiritual light to; instruct; impart knowledge to: We hope the results of our research will enlighten our colleagues. Archaic. to shed light upon.
Origin of enlighten
Related formsen·light·ened·ly, adverben·light·ened·ness, nounen·light·en·er, nounen·light·en·ing·ly, adverbnon·en·light·ened, adjectivenon·en·light·en·ing, adjectivepre·en·light·en, verb (used with object)pre·en·light·en·er, nounre·en·light·en, verb (used with object)un·en·light·ened, adjectiveun·en·light·en·ing, adjectivewell-en·light·ened, adjective
First recorded in 1350–1400, enlighten
is from the Middle English
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for enlightener
Historical Examples of enlightener
There is no enlightener like even the simplest act of real justice.
Then Luka Lukich, as the enlightener of youth, should go first.
Let not Moses nor the prophets speak to me, but speak thou rather, who art the Inspirer and Enlightener of all.
He is the Prophet shorn of his more awful splendor; burning with mild equable radiance, as the enlightener of daily life.
"The only one of his time," "The banner of the rabbis," "The enlightener of the eyes of Israel," were modest titles.
British Dictionary definitions for enlightener
Derived Formsenlightener, nounenlightening, adjective
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 enlightener
late 14c., "to remove the dimness or blindness (usually figurative) from one's eyes or heart;" see en- (1) + lighten. Old English had inlihtan. Related: Enlightened; enlightening.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper