enlightened enlightened  /ɛn ˈlaɪ tənd/


  1. (n) people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity
  2. (adj) having knowledge and spiritual insight
  3. (adj) characterized by full comprehension of the problem involved



  1. As the home of the University of California's main campus and of nine Nobel prizewinners, Berkeley likes to think of itself as more enlightened and sophisticated than all of those.
  2. Doctors, lawyers and enlightened laymen have long agreed that alcoholism is a disease, not a crime.
  3. Twenty pioneers of human expression who enlightened and enlivened us Brando, Dylan, Sinatra, Winfrey, more.


  1. Editorial: Drug War Casualties; ACLU Report Assesses the Damage

    Northern New England, which generally regards itself as a pretty enlightened place, suffered a blow to its self-esteem recently when the American Civil Liberties Union reported that neither Vermont nor New Hampshire is immune from the pattern of racial profiling that emerges from data on marijuana possession arrests over the last 10 years.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Valley News

  2. This Little Underground

    I’ve been meaning to check out a performance at the Timucua White House for, like, years now. Occurring at least weekly (usually Sundays) and almost always free (but donations always accepted), their live music/art events are enlightened and downright philanthropic . But in terms of music and community, a boozy rock club is more my element. And at the risk of sounding like a freak, I don’t ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Orlando Weekly

  3. Shillington officials hoping to get to root of tree matters

    The Shillington Planning Commission has received suggestions for "expanded planting, enlightened selection and elevated care of trees in our borough" from Michael G. Pinto, chairman of the Shillington Tree Advisory Committee.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Reading Eagle


  1. "Laura and I are saddened by the death of Paul Harvey," former President George W. Bush said Saturday night. "Paul was a friendly and familiar voice in the lives of millions of Americans. His commentary entertained, enlightened and informed....
    on Feb 28, 2009 By: President Bush Source: FOXNews

  2. "We have borne this burden not because we seek to impose our will," Mr. Obama said. "We have done so out of enlightened self-interest - because we seek a better future for our children and grandchildren, and we believe that their lives will...
    on Dec 10, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Times

  3. "I urge all Pakistani citizens to get involved in the electoral process and become the instruments of enlightened moderation in their beloved country," Musharraf said.
    on Aug 13, 2007 By: Pervez Musharraf Source: International Herald Tribune

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