noun Date: 1654 1. the act or means of enlightening ; the state of being enlightened 2. capitalized a philosophic movement of the 18th century marked by a rejection of traditional social, religious, and political ideas and an emphasis on rationalism — used with the 3. Buddhism a final blessed state marked by the absence of desire or suffering

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