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benighted

[bih-nahy-tid] /bɪˈnaɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened:
benighted ages of barbarism and superstition.
2.
overtaken by darkness or night.
Origin of benighted
1565-1575
1565-75; benight (be- + night) + -ed2
Related forms
benightedly, adverb
benightedness, noun
Synonyms
1. backward, primitive, crude, uncultivated.
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  • A man such as the sun may not rise upon again in this benighted land.

    A Plea for Captain John Brown Henry David Thoreau
  • A benighted creature who has the folly to worship something that he can see and feel.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Having started rather late in the afternoon, we were benighted before we reached Manlius Square, where we lodged.

  • More than once some benighted angler had mentioned bonefish to me.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • His efforts to spread the word of God in that benighted land, ever has and ever will bring forth blessed fruits.

    George Borrow and His Circle Clement King Shorter
British Dictionary definitions for benighted

benighted

/bɪˈnaɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
lacking cultural, moral, or intellectual enlightenment; ignorant
2.
(archaic) overtaken by night
Derived Forms
benightedly, adverb
benightedness, noun
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