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Adjective: benighted  bi'nI-tid
  1. Overtaken by night or darkness
    "benighted travellers hurrying toward home";
    - nighted
     
  2. Lacking enlightenment, knowledge or culture
    "this benighted country"; "benighted ages of barbarism and superstition";
    - dark
Verb: benight
  1. Overtake with darkness or night
     
  2. Envelop with social, intellectual, or moral darkness
    "The benighted peoples of this area"
     
  3. Make darker and difficult to perceive by sight
    - bedim [archaic]

See also: unenlightened, unpunctual

Type of: darken, enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm [archaic], wrap

Encyclopedia: Benighted