- intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened: benighted ages of barbarism and superstition.
- overtaken by darkness or night.
Origin of benighted
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1. backward, primitive, crude, uncultivated.
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I knew immediately where to locate my benighted family and growing restlessness.In A Very Deep Way: Remembering Rabbi David Hartman
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A benighted creature who has the folly to worship something that he can see and feel.The Devil's Dictionary
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It was these benighted folk whom they desired to reach and convert.
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- lacking cultural, moral, or intellectual enlightenment; ignorant
- archaic overtaken by night
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