Definition of enlightened in English:



  • 1Having or showing a rational, modern, and well-informed outlook.

    ‘the more enlightened employers offer better terms’
    • ‘The way to inspire your kids is with the inspiration of enlightened self-interest.’
    • ‘As I say, the move is entirely legal and might even be described as enlightened and rational.’
    • ‘Their language contrasted with that of the eighteenth-century reformers who had entrusted the mission of modernity and progress to enlightened rulers.’
    • ‘It has come to spread strange new tastes from an advanced enlightened civilization.’
    • ‘The impression is not at all of gentle and graceful housing as one might expect of a development in this enlightened age.’
    • ‘So I think they will act in enlightened self-interest and keep up our coalition as we try to attack this enemy.’
    • ‘It's not just a matter of solidarity with those who have less than we have but also a matter of enlightened self-interest.’
    • ‘Now, so it is in the interest, the enlightened self-interest of the developed world to help the developing world to get over their problem.’
    • ‘Fortunately, our enlightened employers do not share his prejudice.’
    • ‘With his reputation as an enlightened, well-informed senior High Court judge, Lord Bonomy is unafraid to take on the government of the day.’
    • ‘For the sake of enlightened economic self-interest they must, however, work more closely together.’
    • ‘Due to his patronage of the arts and his interest in literature, he was known as an enlightened ruler.’
    • ‘If Bradford is serious about being seen as a modern city with enlightened views, a good animal welfare programme is crucial.’
    • ‘The deal is a pension prototype for enlightened employers’
    • ‘Kamen designed the space not simply to be an enlightened employer but to lure his workforce there.’
    • ‘She notes that in the business community expressions of enlightened self-interest about the need for a healthy vibrant city are beginning to emerge.’
    • ‘Those kinds of beliefs are not held by enlightened, intelligent people.’
    • ‘It's in our interest, also, it's in our enlightened self-interest.’
    • ‘He said ‘… broad literacy prepares students to act as educated, enlightened citizens.’’
    • ‘This book suggests that if you can achieve forgiveness, the side effect of forgiveness is a form of enlightened self-interest.’
    informed, aware, educated, knowledgeable, learned, wise, literate, intellectual, tutored, illuminated, apprised
    civilized, refined, cultured, cultivated, sophisticated, advanced, developed, liberal, open-minded, broad-minded
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    1. 1.1Spiritually aware.
      • ‘Her current incarnation, that of spiritually enlightened mother and wife, is just the latest of many.’
      • ‘Most teachers are hardly fully enlightened Buddhas, but are people who need to cultivate themselves further.’
      • ‘Such an enlightened approach and education has enormously helped and moulded the careers of the priests.’
      • ‘Only spiritually enlightened Hindus can stand between this faith and its degradation.’
      • ‘A more enlightened spirituality is ever changing and open to new ideas.’
      • ‘The film's artistic power lies in its appeal for enlightened, loving and spiritually satisfying relationships between human beings.’
      • ‘For spiritualism, an enlightened individual is more than enough.’
      • ‘It restored my confidence and my optimism, and I felt embraced by these many wonderful enlightened spirits.’
      • ‘Priests have to remain very pure and need a wife who is as spiritually enlightened as they are.’