benighted

[bih-nahy-tid]

adjective

intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened: benighted ages of barbarism and superstition.
overtaken by darkness or night.

Nearby words

  1. beni suef,
  2. beni-suef,
  3. benicia,
  4. benidorm,
  5. benight,
  6. benightedly,
  7. benign,
  8. benign hypertension,
  9. benign inoculation lymphoreticulosis,
  10. benign juvenile melanoma

Origin of benighted

1565–75; benight (be- + night) + -ed2

Related formsbe·night·ed·ly, adverbbe·night·ed·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for benighted

benighted

adjective

lacking cultural, moral, or intellectual enlightenment; ignorant
archaic overtaken by night
Derived Formsbenightedly, adverbbenightedness, noun

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