Meaning of age of reason in English:

age of reason


mass noun
  • 1The Enlightenment.

    ‘It's all part of that whole godless scientific method, empirical data, age of reason, enlightenment lah-de-dah we hold so dear.’
    • ‘This was the age of reason and enlightenment where science was fitting the heavens into the clockwork precision of mechanical, mathematical laws.’
    • ‘The Enlightenment, the age of reason, being the high noon, the fulfilment of the ideals of humanism?’
    • ‘This new age of reason during the 17th and 18th Centuries became known as the Enlightenment.’
    • ‘The hopes of the age of reason had not been realized, and the European was faced with a crisis in his sense of historical identity.’
    • ‘We would then have had something close to those masterpieces of calm truncation, moving and tantalising in equal measure, that Constant or Sartre have left us - journeys to the age of reason, or passion, that leave us at their threshold.’
    • ‘The Romantic movement renewed the interest in the mad genius that had been cultivated by Renaissance Platonism but dampened by the age of reason.’
    • ‘The principle is grounded on ideological and political reasons: the need to affirm territorial sovereignty, which evolved in the age of reason and was linked to the consolidation of modern States.’
    • ‘They in turn are associated with a mythology of liberation from oppression, an age of reason and democracy, the French Revolution and the start of the Enlightenment.’
    • ‘The publisher should consider adding a CD with pictures, animations, and PDF files of the major papers from the age of reason to the present.’
  • 2(especially in the Roman Catholic Church) the age at which a child is held capable of discerning right from wrong.

    ‘Heard today it's someone's birthday, who's long the age of reason past’
    • ‘Sadly, my children are reaching the age of reason.’
    • ‘No more could they look outwards, to cinema, to fill their lives - they would turn inward, not as penitents, but as children turning six again, re-arriving at the age of reason and self-awareness.’
    • ‘You have reached the age of reason… but you try to pretend you are younger than you are.’
    • ‘According to Bushnell, prior to the age of reason and choice, the child absorbs the parent's character willy-nilly.’
    • ‘But you are eight, practically at the age of reason.’
    • ‘Some individuals take longer to attain the age of reason, but the older one gets, the more one cherishes the value of one's remaining years and lives more carefully.’
    • ‘You get kids not understanding until they're at the age of reason.’
    • ‘Luckily seven is the age of reason and my daughter was an asset not a burden when it came to cheering up Nana and Grandma.’
    • ‘I have to keep remembering that even though he can sing the entire alphabet, the age of reason is still down the road a piece.’