enlightening enlightening  /ɛn ˈlaɪ tə nɪŋ/


  1. (adj) tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance
  2. (adj) enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement


  1. For enlightening scientists and the public about the relationship between race, poverty, and cancer.
  2. Some of it was unpleasant; on the other hand, some of it was very enlightening.
  3. Perhaps most enlightening for American viewers, the tape is a firsthand look at the absolute religious certainty of bin Laden and his followers.


  1. CRAWFORD: Medicaid funding is not the issue

    As we take this time between Memorial Day and Independence Day to remember “one nation indivisible” and ponder how to salvage that ideal, issues of the day interrupt. Viewing them through the lens of “we the people” might be enlightening.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Mississippi Business Journal

  2. Vail Daily column: A father’s forgiveness

    This past year has been very enlightening for me as I look back over the past 12 months and remember how I reacted or responded to the trivial as well as the major challenges and opportunities presented to me by my children.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Vail Daily


  1. "The last couple of years have been very enlightening for me and now that I've had the time to be 'me,' I've been able to sit down and think about where I want to go with myself as an entertainer with absolutely no strings attached. I am now more...
    on Jan 8, 2007 By: Britney Spears Source: NewsNet5.com

  2. "I'm so excited to be the guide for 'The Cougar's' quest for love," says Vivica A. Fox. "This show will prove to be empowering and enlightening for women everywhere. Plus, 20 hot guys gathered under one roof doesn't hurt!"
    on Feb 4, 2009 By: Vivica Fox Source: The Futon Critic

  3. "I'm sure those two can be very enlightening to kids who've had a troubled upbringing," Owens said.
    on Jun 16, 2008 By: Terrell Owens Source: USA Today

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