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

1565–75; benight (be- + night) + -ed2
Related formsbe·night·ed·ly, adverbbe·night·ed·ness, noun

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Related Words for benighted

untaught, unlearned, backward, dark, ignorant, primitive, simple, uncivilized, uncultivated, uncultured, uneducated, unschooled

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British Dictionary definitions for benighted


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