Definition of benighted in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəˈnīdəd/


1In a state of pitiful or contemptible intellectual or moral ignorance, typically owing to a lack of opportunity: they saw themselves as bringers of culture to poor benighted peoples
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  • 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 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.



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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.


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

Words that rhyme with benighted

clearsighted, shortsighted, uninvited, unlighted, unrequited, unsighted

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Syllabification: be·night·ed

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