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Dictionary definition for: Enlightenment

1. (n) education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge

2. (n) (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness

3. (n) a movement in the 18th century that advocated the use of reason in the reappraisal of accepted ideas and social institutions

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