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Definition of Illumination

Illumination

  1. The act of illuminating, or supplying with light; the state of being illuminated.
  2. Festive decoration of houses or buildings with lights.
  3. Adornment of books and manuscripts with colored illustrations. See Illuminate, v. t., 3.
  4. That which is illuminated, as a house; also, an ornamented book or manuscript.
  5. That which illuminates or gives light; brightness; splendor; especially, intellectual light or knowledge.
  6. The special communication of knowledge to the mind by God; inspiration.

Illumination Quotations

I notice increasing reluctance on the part of marketing executives to use judgment; they are coming to rely too much on research, and they use it as a drunkard uses a lamp post for support, rather than for illumination.
David Ogilvy

Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.
Vin Scully

There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
Anais Nin

We forget just how painfully dim the world was before electricity. A candle, a good candle, provides barely a hundredth of the illumination of a single 100 watt light bulb.
Bill Bryson

History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.
Lord Acton
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Illumination Translations

illumination in Norwegian is opplysning, belysning
illumination in Swedish is upplysning