[ bih-nahy-tid ]
/ bɪˈnaɪ tɪd /
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intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened: benighted ages of barbarism and superstition.
overtaken by darkness or night.
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OTHER WORDS FROM benightedbe·night·ed·ly, adverbbe·night·ed·ness, noun
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How to use benighted in a sentence
It deals with simple ignorance and benightedness, an incompleteness of education, a widespread failure to absorb knowledge.
Have I in my musical benightedness conveyed an idea of anything musical?The Little Manx Nation - 1891|Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for benighted
/ (bɪˈnaɪtɪd) /
lacking cultural, moral, or intellectual enlightenment; ignorant
archaic overtaken by night
Derived forms of benightedbenightedly, adverbbenightedness, noun
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