benighted

play
adjective be·night·ed \bi-ˈnī-təd, bē-\

Definition of benighted

  1. 1 :  overtaken by darkness or night

  2. 2 :  existing in a state of intellectual, moral, or social darkness :  unenlightened

benightedly

adverb

benightedness

noun

Examples of benighted in a sentence

  1. <the poor benighted souls who do not know the joys of reading>

15th Century

First Known Use of benighted

15th century


BENIGHTED Defined for English Language Learners

benighted

play
adjective be·night·ed \bi-ˈnī-təd, bē-\

Definition of benighted for English Language Learners

  • : having no knowledge or education



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up benighted? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a harsh rebuke

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ