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

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Recent Examples on the Web Recent reports suggest that nursing home administrators across the state have abandoned transparency, leaving patients unnerved and their families unenlightened as to the status of their loved ones' health. Sheena Jones, CNN, "Nearly 100 people may have died from coronavirus at a nursing home in New York City," 2 May 2020 The researchers were inspired by the behavior of its close relative, germanium, which is similarly unenlightened. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Glowing silicon nanowire reveals how to put optics in your CPU," 11 Apr. 2020 As infections and death tolls rise exponentially, so will the pressure on unenlightened despots to demonstrate their power over people’s freedoms of movement. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "The Casualties of the “War” on the Coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020 Mallu spent the nineteen-thirties trying to speed up history by exiling the unenlightened from positions of power. Bathsheba Demuth, The New Yorker, "When the Soviet Union Freed the Arctic from Capitalist Slavery," 15 Aug. 2019 Brodie has been assailed for his unenlightened attitudes about women. Janet Maslin, New York Times, "A Literary Detective Returns to Find Trouble in the Country Club Set," 17 June 2019 Many contend that its characterizations and storytelling are quaintly sentimental, factually suspect and—worst of all—unenlightened. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "What’s Wrong With ‘Green Book’?," 27 Dec. 2018 Only knuckleheads—and the obstinately unenlightened—write off Buffalo, N.Y., as nothing more than a winter icebox and the birthplace of a certain sports-bar delicacy. Jennifer Fernandez, WSJ, "Escape to Buffalo: A Skeptic’s Guide to a Great Weekend Getaway," 6 Sep. 2018 There is a different pathos to characters who die mad and unenlightened. New York Times, "They’ve Come Undone: Giselle, Lucia and Romantic Madness," 10 May 2018

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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 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unenlightened

: not having or showing a good understanding of how people should be treated

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