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illuminate something with something

1. Lit. to light up something with something. The lights illuminated the monument with a bright glow. The monument was illuminated with mercury vapor lamps.
2. Fig. to clarify or elucidate something with explanation. Please try to illuminate this matter with an explanation. Could you illuminate your answer with a little more detail?
3. to decorate a manuscript with pictures or designs, as done in medieval monasteries. The monks spent all their days illuminating manuscripts with pictures. No one has the patience to illuminate books with tiny designs.
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mod. alcohol intoxicated. (A play on lit.) Paul is a bit illuminated.
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Although they belonged to different generations, the Russian novelist Andrei Bely (1880-1934) and the American writer Henry Adams (1838-1918) were conservative anti-statists who responded in illuminatingly similar ways to the new century.
But before I embark on discussion of these conditions, it is important first to establish both an understanding of republicanism, especially legal republicanism, and an understanding of why Justice Rand's decision in Roncarelli is quintessentially and illuminatingly republican.
The last time I saw him he was covered in thick mud, having just fallen into an irrigation ditch, but he gave me a beaming smile and, in the manner that only he could deliver, illuminatingly described his misfortune to all.
Analyzing Part IV, she illuminatingly explains that, pace Seznec, the episode functions hOt to present a mere parade of heresies, but to depict "the dazzle of gnosis," and is strongly influenced by the recently discovered pistis Sophia scrolls, similar to the Gnostic Dead Sea Scrolls, but reaching Europe a century earlier.
Patrick Provost-Smith illuminatingly demonstrates that the Constantinian package was at the heart of debates among Catholic missionaries to China in the 1580s.
Nor can anyone describe more faithfully or illuminatingly not only the faults in rhyming and other poetic devices of Lawrence's juvenilia, but also the ways Lawrence successfully revised individual poems like the famous "Piano" and "Bavarian Gentians" (in Chapters 5 and 6) and the slow "genesis" of "Snake" (Chapter 4).
Useful entries for such central concepts as agnosticism, agnosticism and atheism (together), atheism, deism, freethought, and skepticism are provided; Theodore Drange illuminatingly discusses ten arguments for and ten arguments against the existence of God in about eight pages, visibly chafing at the space limit.
Professor Heather Gerken has written illuminatingly of the idea of "second-order diversity," (76) which exists when different institutions, with a degree of internal unity, produce a kind of diversity from which society as a whole might benefit.
Whatever problems there may be with this kind of generalization, and with Flieger's tendency to make potentially essentializing claims about "the very nature of Celtic myths and the Celts who made them" (42), her example of what Greville MacDonald called "bi-local existence" (298) from the Irish poem The Voyage of Bran (familiar to both Tolkien and Lewis) does fit convincingly and illuminatingly with Lilith.
Jarrell's insight connecting ideology and corpses can be illuminatingly connected with the discussion of "The Structure of War: The Juxtaposition of Injured Bodies and Unanchored Issues," in Elaine Scarry's The Body in Pain (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985), ch.
Bhutto wrote illuminatingly about her vision to revolutionize female education.
Emmerich, for example, illuminatingly extends the corpus of Holocaust poetry to a sixty-year period.
would illuminatingly complicate our sense of the strategies that Depression-era writers used in telling stories about poverty.
The question is illuminatingly pressed in Ullmann-Margalit, supra note 79.
But it was as a Romantic ballerina that she shone most illuminatingly, in that beautifully ethereal, almost windswept lithograph of a Giselle, in Raymonda, and also in Swan Lake, where, yes, predictably she was more of an Odette than an Odile.