en·light·en·ment /ɪnˈlaɪtṇmənt, ɛn-/
1. Act of enlightening, or the state of being enlightened or instructed.
2. same as Aufklärung.
n 1: education that results in understanding and the spread of
knowledge [ant: unenlightenment]
2: (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the
cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of
desire and suffering and individual consciousness [syn: Nirvana]
3: a movement in the 18th century that advocated the use of
reason in the reappraisal of accepted ideas and social
institutions [syn: Age of Reason]