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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

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

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

During the Middle Ages they understood that words accompanied by imagery are much more memorable. By making the margins of a book colorful and beautiful, illuminations help make the text unforgettable. It's unfortunate that we've lost the art of illumination.
Joshua Foer
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Illumination Translations

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