from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective enlightening so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement.
  • adjective tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance.

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  • verb Present participle of enlighten.

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  • adjective tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance
  • adjective enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement


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  • This is what I often call "enlightening the choosing faculty" -- bringing the light of consciousness, conscience and higher purpose to bear on the unique and extraordinary capacity within that can define your destiny.

    Andrew Z. Cohen: What Is Conscious Evolution?

  • Also most enlightening, is to see how local champions of "Green" living and public transportation, who advocate and even legislate with every fiber of their being to get vehicles such as large white GMC pickups off the road, live and work in the same manner as they demand of their constituents.

    Smell test? (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Robinsons portrayal of these womens influence as civilizing and enlightening is very different from Wollstonecrafts portrayal of the French court in her An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution (1794), where she described

    Editorial Notes to 'Letter to the Women of England'

  • If you were more interested in enlightening your readers than getting a head start on the next 5th District campaign you would tell the entire story.

    Waldo Jaquith - M’ville: Goode’s got nothin’ to do with it…kind of.

  • If the "Children's Houses" were to succeed in enlightening the people on such truths, they would be accomplishing a very lofty hygienic work for the new generations.

    The Montessori Method

  • Raymon took pleasure in enlightening that virgin mind which seemed destined to open to receive his principles; but, despite the power he exerted over her untrained, artless mind, his sophisms sometimes encountered resistance from her.


  • Spirit uses in enlightening the eyes; it brings us to a sight and sense of our sin and misery, and directs us in the way of duty.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • An example of academic analysis that I find truly enlightening is Zilia Papp’s article on the various versions of the story “The Great Yokai War”.

    Mechademia 4: War/Time » Manga Worth Reading

  • The directorial revelations are almost always enlightening from a writer’s POV.)

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Secrets of the Silver Screen: Authenticity

  • I had a long chat today with folks from Yahoo about the ongoing "size matters" tempest, and it was once again enlightening.

    Boing Boing


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  • My adjectival use: 'It was an enlightening experience.'

    August 22, 2011