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benighted (adj.)

1570s, "overtaken by darkness," past-participle adjective from obsolete verb benight (q.v.). Little used in the literal sense, usually it means "in intellectual or moral darkness" (1630s).

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Definitions of benighted from WordNet

benighted (adj.)
overtaken by night or darkness;
benighted (or nighted) travelers hurrying toward home
Synonyms: nighted
benighted (adj.)
lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture;
this benighted country
benighted ages of barbarism and superstition
Synonyms: dark
From wordnet.princeton.edu