unenlightened

adjective
un·​en·​light·​ened | \ ˌən-in-ˈlī-tᵊnd How to pronounce unenlightened (audio) , -en- \

Definition of unenlightened

: having or showing a lack of necessary knowledge or understanding : not enlightened … his disregard for society's margins seems particularly unenlightened.— Genevieve Stuttaford … an audience of unenlightened laymen.— Joyce Carol Oates

Examples of unenlightened in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And then there are the poor, unenlightened souls who insist on eating their pie warm. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 16 Sep. 2022 Bella acts as an audience proxy, overwhelmed by all the cultural differences and resistant to join a community that sees her as a helpless, unenlightened Earther. Joshua Alston, Variety, 6 July 2022 In the bleak moral universe of the show, the powerless are ground up into a paste by grifters sporting the patina of legitimacy that only bottomless cash, connections, and unenlightened self-interest can provide. David Faris, The Week, 29 Apr. 2022 The opening chapter follows the aforementioned vicar through the damp, unenlightened village of Rohatyn, showing his progress through the Jewish ghetto and into the warrenlike house of a local rabbi. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, 2 Mar. 2022 Taboos against periods are likewise considered to be the exclusive purview of supposedly unenlightened countries such as Ethiopia or rural India — places with menstruation huts and backward superstitions about women. Jeva Lange, The Week, 2 Sep. 2021 The movies of the American actor Adolphe Menjou, meanwhile, taught her to believe that French men largely existed to treat women terribly or to outsmart unenlightened Americans. Mayukh Sen, The Atlantic, 16 Nov. 2021 Instagram does not necessarily have people picking out posts and banning them, but their algorithms are trained on datasets many suspect to be biased and unenlightened. Annie Brown, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 What is the unenlightened position that the Mayor Frank Jackson administration has taken on the county’s new diversion center for the mentally ill or drug-addicted, and how would the two candidates seeking to replace Jackson deal with the position? Laura Johnston, cleveland, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unenlightened

1650, in the meaning defined above

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“Unenlightened.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unenlightened. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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