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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.
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The condition of being ignorant; lack of knowledge or learning:
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Irfan et al1 and Nizar et al11 have reported that public hospitals in Pakistan are not focused primarily on quality treatment due to several reasons including low priority for patients satisfaction, poor education, benightedness, in science of patients and above all limited budget quality of treatment and patient satisfaction both are essential in monitoring and evaluating healthcare14 services.
Note, for instance, how many Democratic voices appealed to the unknown history of the Electoral College after last year's election, not to mention to the historical benightedness of Trump supporters.
The heuristic is effective when benightedness is consistently and not arbitrarily scattered.
African Americans then began to accept Alexander Crummell's view that "The sad and startling fact, that mental and moral benightedness has enshrouded the whole of the vast continent of Africa, through all the records of time, far back, to the earliest records of history.
When the rite is resumed, the priest chants a long invocation exhorting humans' benightedness to the empty nature of worldly desire as death reverts everything to emptiness ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], xiuxiang, 66:896).
Duff--and his important study--ought to be well beyond such angry gestures, for the strength of his text and his research rise far above the straw-figure smugness and self-congratulating benightedness that so exasperates him.
Ridgeon's benightedness is of less interest in this context, however, than the fact that he has been knighted.
24) While such progress narratives might very well be, according to their skeptics, "progress myths" or even "phony history,'" (25) they are nevertheless extremely seductive for those legal actors who aspire to read legal history as reflecting an ascent from relative benightedness to relative enlightenment.
There is a history of asserting American moral superiority (186) in foreign policy to justify actions, (187) particularly of the benevolent "bearer of democracy" (188) and public benightedness of antithetical facts, (189) followed by reliance on ideological constructs to dismiss inconvenient revelations.
By granting private property rights to peasants before the inculcation of a sense of a national community and citizenship, private property would reinforce separateness, legitimize it in the legal order, and freeze peasants in their benightedness.