- 1In a state of pitiful or contemptible intellectual or moral ignorance: they saw themselves as bringers of culture to poor benighted peoplesMore example sentences
ignorant, unenlightened, uneducated, unschooled, untutored, illiterate, unlettered, unlearned, unscholarly, unread, uninformed, backward, simple; primitive, uncivilized, unsophisticated, unrefined, uncouth, unpolished, uncultured, philistine, barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, savage, crude, coarse, rough, vulgar, gross• informal yobbish• literary nescient• archaic rude
- Indeed, there's reason to hope that even the most benighted moral equivocators may come to realize that the message is the exact opposite of the one they've been preaching.
- The people of Florence are far from considering themselves ignorant and benighted, and yet Brother Savonarola succeeded in persuading them that he held converse with God.
- It's a primitive, benighted method of ordering life that is based mostly on coercion and the world would be much better off if all its forms were banned forever.
- 2Overtaken by darkness: a storm developed and we were forced to wait benighted near the summitMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.