intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened: benighted ages of barbarism and superstition.
overtaken by darkness or night.
- be·night·ed·ly, adverb
- be·night·ed·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
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
lacking cultural, moral, or intellectual enlightenment; ignorant
archaic overtaken by night
- benightedly, adverb
- benightedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012