unenlightened

adjective
un·en·light·ened | \ ˌən-in-ˈlī-tᵊnd , -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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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 But while the unenlightened are still debating whether women over 50 should be allowed to wear miniskirts, nothing short of a fashion revolution has been taking place on the red carpet. Harper's BAZAAR, "Candace Bushnell Opens Up About Style And The Dated Concept of "Dressing Your Age"," 30 Apr. 2018 At the same time, a hairy Marxist academic who's been hanging around the factory tries to persuade the workers to collectivize and run the place themselves, a notion that soon collides with their unenlightened self-interest. Chicago Reader, "More than 60 new features premiere locally at the European Union Film Festival," 7 Mar. 2018 Some facets of the map’s 1950s world view seem unenlightened today. National Geographic, "Vintage Map Shows Santa's Journey Around the World," 21 Dec. 2017 Carell plays Riggs more as an affable, unenlightened boob than a villainous creep. Stephanie Zacharek, SI.com, "'Battle of the Sexes' Serves Up a Winning Portrait of Billie Jean King," 22 Sep. 2017 Carell plays Riggs more as an affable, unenlightened boob than a villainous creep. Stephanie Zacharek, SI.com, "'Battle of the Sexes' Serves Up a Winning Portrait of Billie Jean King," 22 Sep. 2017 Carell plays Riggs more as an affable, unenlightened boob than a villainous creep. Stephanie Zacharek, SI.com, "'Battle of the Sexes' Serves Up a Winning Portrait of Billie Jean King," 22 Sep. 2017 Carell plays Riggs more as an affable, unenlightened boob than a villainous creep. Stephanie Zacharek, SI.com, "'Battle of the Sexes' Serves Up a Winning Portrait of Billie Jean King," 22 Sep. 2017

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1650, in the meaning defined above

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