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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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Reading The New York Times, we traditional-minded Jews often grumble that the Paper of Record rarely misses an opportunity to dismiss our way of seeing the world as so much benightedness. If our faith makes it into the Times at all, it's most likely to celebrate those who call it into question or to outright reject any attempt to speak of it coherently and movingly.
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.
With a bevy of major national, even international poets affiliated with the South, Southern verse should no longer be viewed as an outpost for tropes of backwardness, belatedness, benightedness; indeed, the field's un-oppositional status is expressed succinctly in Natasha Trethewey's being honored simultaneously as Poet Laureate of Mississippi and of the United States.
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.
Virginia, "is the story of the extension of constitutional rights and protections to people once ignored or excluded." (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.