Definition of benighted in English:

benighted

Line breaks: be|night¦ed
Pronunciation: /bɪˈnʌɪtɪd
 
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adjective

  • 2Overtaken by darkness: a storm developed and we were forced to wait benighted near the summit
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    • A pair of climbers were benighted in a storm at the top of Royal Arches without overnight gear.
    • When Mr. Heath, the benighted and storm-delayed traveler, threw back his dripping coat, and seated himself at the invitation of his host, before the blazing fire, Mr. Abbot thought that he had seldom seen a more attractive young man.
    • The forest was also frequented by outlaws, and was a place of great danger to the benighted traveller.

Derivatives

benightedness

noun
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  • Whose foolishness or benightedness is Peter referring to in this and in the following nocturnes of Dresden's historic architecture?
  • Twelve hundred people attended, including eighty-six deputies, one of whom apologized profusely for his previous benightedness and pledged his allegiance to ‘reform.’
  • This is not necessarily true for all of the players in the digital library arena, and it is not necessarily benightedness that accounts for this.

Origin

late 16th century (in sense 2): past participle of archaic benight 'cover in the darkness of night, obscure' (see be-, night).

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