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 Much of the American public viewed this hesitancy as a relic of a bygone, unenlightened age. Jordan E. Taylor, Time, 5 Apr. 2021 Her character dealt with sexism (an unenlightened male staff), single parenthood (11-year-old Helen Hunt played her daughter) and the usual amount of crime. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2021 Two unhappy souls, having had the misfortune to be born in an unenlightened age, will take comfort in each other’s arms, in a rousing rebuke to the social code of their times. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2020 Harbaugh, for the unenlightened, hasn’t produced a depth chart for public consumption in his first five seasons coaching his alma mater and isn’t likely to do so when the Big Ten joins fall football next month. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Sep. 2020 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, 2 May 2020 The researchers were inspired by the behavior of its close relative, germanium, which is similarly unenlightened. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 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, 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, 15 Aug. 2019

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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 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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