benighted

adjective be·night·ed \ bi-ˈnī-təd , bē- \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

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

benightedly

adverb

benightedness

noun

Examples of benighted in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of benighted

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of benighted for English Language Learners

  • : having no knowledge or education



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