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

Origin of benighted

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

Synonyms for benighted Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for benightedness

backwardness, illiteracy, nescience, unknowing

Examples from the Web for benightedness

Contemporary Examples of benightedness

  • It deals with simple ignorance and benightedness, an incompleteness of education, a widespread failure to absorb knowledge.

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    Ignorant America

    Tunku Varadarajan

    August 30, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for benightedness



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