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benighted

[bih-nahy-tid] /bɪˈnaɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened:
benighted ages of barbarism and superstition.
2.
overtaken by darkness or night.
Origin of benighted
1565-1575
1565-75; benight (be- + night) + -ed2
Related forms
benightedly, adverb
benightedness, noun
Synonyms
1. backward, primitive, crude, uncultivated.
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  • It deals with simple ignorance and benightedness, an incompleteness of education, a widespread failure to absorb knowledge.

British Dictionary definitions for benightedness

benighted

/bɪˈnaɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
lacking cultural, moral, or intellectual enlightenment; ignorant
2.
(archaic) overtaken by night
Derived Forms
benightedly, adverb
benightedness, noun
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