After all, beauty contests are not widely regarded as templates of enlightenment.
We must write to discover such charm, as they are the root of entertainment and enlightenment.
By their very nature, books offer the promise of education and enlightenment.
You attribute a part of the decline of violence to the forces of modernity and enlightenment.
Notwithstanding his own loftier goals, it is questionable whether mescaline and LSD gave Huxley the enlightenment he craved.
He pondered the situation deeply; he evolved many foolish schemes to compass his own enlightenment, and dismissed them one by one.
Civilization, enlightenment,—they are vague terms, hollow sounds.
"I notice that you and our friends have been busy hereabouts in our absence," he added, hinting at an enlightenment.
His writing is of the age of enlightenment; his actions belong to romance.
The force of circumstances; the enlightenment of the age has compelled them to move forward.
1660s, "action of enlightening," from enlighten + -ment. Used only in figurative sense, of spiritual enlightenment, etc. Attested from 1865 as a translation of German Aufklärung, a name for the spirit and system of Continental philosophers in the 18c.
The philosophy of the Enlightenment insisted on man's essential autonomy: man is responsible to himself, to his own rational interests, to his self-development, and, by an inescapable extension, to the welfare of his fellow man. For the philosophes, man was not a sinner, at least not by nature; human nature -- and this argument was subversive, in fact revolutionary, in their day -- is by origin good, or at least neutral. Despite the undeniable power of man's antisocial passions, therefore, the individual may hope for improvement through his own efforts -- through education, participation in politics, activity in behalf of reform, but not through prayer. [Peter Gay, "The Enlightenment"]
An intellectual movement of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries marked by a celebration of the powers of human reason, a keen interest in science, the promotion of religious toleration, and a desire to construct governments free of tyranny. Some of the major figures of the Enlightenment were David Hume, Immanuel Kant, John Locke, the Baron de Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Voltaire.