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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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Origin of benighted

First recorded in 1565–75; be- + night + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM benighted

be·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.

    Ignorant America|Tunku Varadarajan|August 30, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • Have I in my musical benightedness conveyed an idea of anything musical?

British Dictionary definitions for benighted

benighted
/ (bɪˈnaɪtɪd) /

adjective
lacking cultural, moral, or intellectual enlightenment; ignorant
archaic overtaken by night

Derived forms of benighted

benightedly, adverbbenightedness, noun
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