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English definition of “the Enlightenment”

the Enlightenment

noun [S] uk   /ɪnˈlaɪ.tən.mənt/ us    /-t̬ən-/
the period in the 18th century in Europe when many people began to emphasize the importance of science and reason, rather than religion and traditionRenaissance: 1501 to 1899
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