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An enlightening explanation of something that has hitherto been obscure or inexplicable.‘when the éclaircissement comes there will be a scene’
- ‘In the tenth Eclaircissement of the Recherche de la verité, Malebranche deals with the nature of ideas.’
- ‘Therefore on the day following the éclaircissement of the butlers' misdeeds, they met in the arbour to plan a new campaign.’
French, from éclaircir ‘clear up’, from é (expressing a change of state) + clair (see clear).
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