Definition of Enlightening

1. Adjective. Tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance. "An illuminating lecture"

Exact synonyms: Illuminating, Informative
Antonyms: Unenlightening
Derivative terms: Inform



2. Adjective. Enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement. "The paintings in the church served an edifying purpose even for those who could not read"
Exact synonyms: Edifying
Antonyms: Unedifying

Definition of Enlightening

1. Verb. (present participle of enlighten) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Enlightening

1. enlighten [v] - See also: enlighten

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Enlightening

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enlightening (current term)
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Literary usage of Enlightening

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Modern Eloquence by Thomas Brackett Reed, Rossiter Johnson, Justin McCarthy, Albert Ellery Bergh (1900)
"LIBERTY enlightening THE WORLD [Speech of William M. Evarts at the banquet ... fill your glasses for the seventh regular toast : ' Liberty enlightening the ..."

2. The Empire State: A Compendious History of the Commonwealth of New York by Benson John Lossing (1888)
"Near time portals of time city seaward stands the stupendous statue of LIBERTY enlightening TIlE WORLD, wrought by Bartholdi, of Paris, and presented by the ..."

3. The Gilded Age by Mark Twain, Charles Dudley Warner (1874)
"COLONEL SELLERS enlightening) THE BOHEMIANS. "Yes, and Balloon has had a good deal of public experience. He is an old friend of mine. ..."

4. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1908)
"... prosecuted its purpose of enlightening the members of the Oriental Churches up to this time. Turkey being in turmoil at this time, the mission printing- ..."

5. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"Sunset 36:32 Mr '16 enlightening protest. World's Work 31:601-3 Ap '16 / High cost of the pork barrel. ..."

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