unenlightened

adjective un·en·light·ened \ ˌən-in-ˈlī-tᵊnd , -en- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of unenlightened

1650


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