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Definition having or receiving important knowledge or understanding — (sometimes a spiritual belief)


free of false beliefs based on superstition or prejudice
  • In less enlightened times, the best way to impress women was to own a hot car. But women wised up and realized it was better to buy their own hot cars so they wouldn't have to ride around with jerks.
    Scott Adams
  • This is a more enlightened age.
  • enlightened = knowledgeable and free of false beliefs based on superstition
  • the enlightened friends to liberty
  • I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
    Ephesians 1:18 (NIV)
  • It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit,
    Hebrews 6:4 (NIV)
  • And in the general hardening of outlook that set in round about 1930, practices which had been long abandoned, in some cases for hundreds of years — imprisonment without trial, the use of war prisoners as slaves, public executions, torture to extract confessions, the use of hostages, and the deportation of whole populations-not only became common again, but were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • enlightened = having important knowledge and priorities
  • "O enlightened Vizier," said the Tisroc, "bestow your wisdom upon us concerning this strange proposal."
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • enlightened = having important knowledge or understanding
  • "I'm playing music for people who are-"
    "Enlightened, we know," Mallory said, rolling her eyes.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • enlightened = having important knowledge or understanding
  • More than five Tisrocs in Tashbaan have died before their time because their eldest sons, enlightened princes, grew tired of waiting for their throne.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • My son, by all means desist from kicking the venerable and enlightened Vizier: for as a costly jewel retains its value even if hidden in a dung-hill, so old age and discretion are to be respected even in the vile persons of our subjects.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • "Know, O enlightened Prince," said the Grand Vizier, "that until the year in which your exalted father began his salutary and unending reign, the land of Narnia was covered with ice and snow and was moreover ruled by a most powerful enchantress."
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • Now that you've wrestled with three major religious traditions, apply your newly enlightened mind to Alaska's question.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • But I enlightened the fine lad and let him down gently by giving him various details on the laying of this cable.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • All men seek to be enlightened.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • However this whole thing ends, I think I've been enlightened just by crossing paths with some of you."
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • But Lawrence, he had been enlightened.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Contrary to the most enlightened skeptics, there might be a God, after all.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • This is a regular procedure provided for by the enlightened and progressive laws of our state.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • For in this enlightened age, when men believe not even what they see, the doubting of wise men would be his greatest strength.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Unworthy of an enlightened person.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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