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enlightening adj
1 tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance; "an enlightening glimpse of government in action" [syn: informative, instructive] [ant: unenlightening]
2 enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement; "the paintings in the church served an edifying purpose even for those who could not read" [syn: edifying] [ant: unedifying]
3 highly enlightening; making understandable or clarifying; "an illuminating lecture"; "illuminating pieces of information" [syn: illuminating] [ant: unilluminating]

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  1. past participle of enlighten

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