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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adj. - Uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement; Tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance.

Usage examples (39)
  • An enlightening glimpse of government in action
  • Verb (used with object) : We hope the results of our research will enlighten our colleagues
  • The directorial revelations are almost always enlightening from a writer’s POV.)
  • In time, therefore, that idea, also, was abandoned; and with it, regretfully, the idea of enlightening the world at all. for more
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