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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

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

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

I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.
John Adams

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

An unsophisticated forecaster uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts - for support rather than for illumination.
Andrew Lang
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Illumination Translations

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

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