Definition of éclaircissement in English:

éclaircissement

noun

literary
  • An enlightening explanation of something that has hitherto been obscure or inexplicable.

    ‘when the éclaircissement comes there will be a scene’
    • ‘In the tenth Eclaircissement of the Recherche de la verité, Malebranche deals with the nature of ideas.’
    • ‘Therefore on the day following the éclaircissement of the butlers' misdeeds, they met in the arbour to plan a new campaign.’

Origin

French, from éclaircir ‘clear up’, from é (expressing a change of state) + clair (see clear).

Pronunciation

éclaircissement

/ˌeɪklɛːˈsiːsmɒ̃/