benighted


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be·night·ed

 (bĭ-nī′tĭd)
adj.
1. Overtaken by night or darkness.
2. Being in a state of moral or intellectual darkness; unenlightened.

be·night′ed·ly adv.
be·night′ed·ness n.

benighted

(bɪˈnaɪtɪd)
adj
1. lacking cultural, moral, or intellectual enlightenment; ignorant
2. archaic overtaken by night
beˈnightedly adv
beˈnightedness n

be•night•ed

(bɪˈnaɪ tɪd)

adj.
1. intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened.
2. overtaken by darkness or night.
[1565–75]
be•night′ed•ly, adv.
be•night′ed•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.benighted - overtaken by night or darknessbenighted - overtaken by night or darkness; "benighted (or nighted) travelers hurrying toward home"
unpunctual - not punctual; after the appointed time
2.benighted - lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culturebenighted - lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture; "this benighted country"; "benighted ages of barbarism and superstition"; "the dark ages"; "a dark age in the history of education"
unenlightened - not enlightened; ignorant; "the devices by which unenlightened men preserved the unjust social order"

benighted

adjective uncivilized, crude, primitive, backward, uncultivated, unenlightened the terrible circumstances of that benighted country

benighted

adjective
Exhibiting lack of education or knowledge:
Translations

benighted

[bɪˈnaɪtɪd] ADJ (liter) (fig) → ignorante

benighted

[bɪˈnaɪtɪd] adj (literary)
(= ignorant) [person] → ignorant(e)
(= unfortunate) → maudit(e)

benighted

adj
(fig) personunbedarft; countrygottverlassen; policy etchirnrissig
(lit)von der Dunkelheit or Nacht überfallen or überrascht
References in classic literature ?
They felt it might be a being partially benighted in the vale of ignorance, but it could not be one who would willingly devote his rich natural gifts to the purposes of wanton treachery.
Pity, now, Tom couldn't," said Aunt Chloe, on whose benevolent heart the idea of Tom's benighted condition seemed to make a strong impression.
When he had identified these objects in what benighted mind he had, he said, in a dialect that was just intelligible:
The poor, benighted innocent had never seen such a man.
The whole peaceful and quiet scene lay glimmering in twilight before the eyes of the traveller, giving him good assurance of lodging for the night; since it was a special duty of those hermits who dwelt in the woods, to exercise hospitality towards benighted or bewildered passengers.
The time is short, and much remains to be done before you are fit to proclaim the Gospel of Three Dimensions to your blind benighted countrymen in Flatland.
Europeans will better understand his point of view than Americans, poor, benighted provincials, who are denied a true appreciation of caste and of the fact that "the king can do no wrong.
Their foes were triumphant, their friends captive and abased, their home desolate, the benighted wilderness around them, and a rigorous destiny, in the shape of the Puritan leader, their only guide.
He hoped that God had sent the English across the ocean, Gentiles as they were, to enlighten this benighted portion of his once chosen race.
No other subject gave them half the satisfaction, or commanded half the attention; and but few scenes in my life remain so freshly on my memory, or are so pleasurably recalled to my contemplation, as these hours of intercourse with a distant and benighted race in the midst of the desert.
This insistence in using the odious word arises from the fact that a particularly benighted landsman must imagine the act of anchoring as a process of throwing something overboard, whereas the anchor ready for its work is already overboard, and is not thrown over, but simply allowed to fall.
Here they found themselves benighted in a strange place, and surrounded by savages bent on pilfering, if not upon open robbery.