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  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈlaɪtənd/
  • Hyphenation: en‧light‧ened
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enlightened (comparative more enlightened, superlative most enlightened)

  1. Educated or informed.
  2. Made aware of something.
  3. Freed from illusion.
    • 1997, John Peniel, chapter 10, in The Children of the Law of One & the Lost Teachings of Atlantis, page 128:
      Thus the world is full of a variety of so called ‘good and bad’ people to all kinds of degrees. For instance, some people are just ‘not very nice’ (on the bad side), and others are really bad – rapists, murderers, etc. (more deeply on the bad side). Their consciousness is a result of using their free will over time. For instance, someone who has more often chosen selfishness over time will have lower consciousness than someone who has more often chosen Unselfish Love. So each individual has made one side primarily stronger than the other. Yet in the worst, there is still a divine spark of Universal consciousness buried deep within them, and in the best people, except for the enlightened ones, there is still the seed of selfishness. Thus all can still break from their norm at any time, and make different choices, and change their consciousness, and thus even turn their lives around. Just by applying free will, one step at a time. Building a new life, one stone at a time. Are you not in the process of raising your consciousness by using your free will to override your past habits and consciousness?”
  4. Exceedingly wise.
    An enlightened mind does not need external authority.

Derived terms[edit]



enlightened (plural enlightened)

  1. Someone who has been introduced to the mysteries of some activity, religion especially Buddhism




  1. simple past tense and past participle of enlighten