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awakening

noun
     
a‧wak‧en‧ing [countable]
1 an occasion when you suddenly realize that you understand something or feel something:
It was during the period of 1943-1945 that his political awakening took place.
Confident that he would win, he had a rude awakening (=very unpleasant surprise) on election day.
2 the act of waking from sleep

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