Definition of benighted
1 : overtaken by darkness or night Benighted travellers … have seen his midnight candle glimmering. — W. B. Yeats
2 : existing in a state of intellectual, moral, or social darkness : unenlightened spreading their message among these poor benighted people a strange, benighted country
Examples of benighted in a Sentence
the poor benighted souls who do not know the joys of reading
Recent Examples of benighted from the Web
The article framed Louis alongside JD Vance, whose rust belt memoir, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, chronicles his upbringing in a benighted part of Ohio.
For this city dweller is no slick deceiver out of Molière or Dickens, but a benighted idiot in his own right.
Hall’s real-life husband, Clifton Hall, also is moving in the rather thankless role of Diana’s well-meaning but benighted husband, Dan.
If Friday’s events left you shaken by President Donald Trump’s benighted view of America and his vision to transform it, Saturday’s were the antidote.
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BENIGHTED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of benighted for English Language Learners
: having no knowledge or education
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