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benighted

[ bih-nahy-tid ]
/ bɪˈnaɪ tɪd /
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adjective

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

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

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Origin of benighted

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

/ (bɪˈnaɪtɪd) /

adjective

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