benightment

benightment

(bɪˈnaɪtmənt)
n
the state of being in physical, moral, or intellectual darkness
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He called the Goan Inquisition "an instrument to fulfill the duty of the state to God" and expressed the opinion: "When Christianity first appeared in India under the auspices of the Portuguese explorers, the land suffered under the double tyranny of Islam and Hinduism, a twin benightment.