illumination

[ ih-loo-muh-ney-shuhn ]
/ ɪˌlu məˈneɪ ʃən /

noun

Origin of illumination

1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin illūminātiōn- (stem of illūminātiō) spiritual enlightenment (Latin: illustriousness, glory) See illuminate, -ion
Related formsil·lu·mi·na·tion·al, adjectivenon·il·lu·mi·na·tion, nounpre·il·lu·mi·na·tion, nounre·il·lu·mi·na·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for illumination

illumination

/ (ɪˌluːmɪˈneɪʃən) /

noun

Derived Formsilluminational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for illumination

illumination


n.

late 14c., "spiritual enlightenment," from Latin illuminationem (nominative illuminatio), from past participle stem of illuminare "to throw into light, make bright, light up;" figuratively "to set off, illustrate," from assimilated form of in- "in, into" (see in- (2)) + lumen (genitive luminis) "light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Meaning "action of lighting" is from 1560s.

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