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be- +‎ night +‎ -ed


benighted (comparative more benighted, superlative most benighted)

  1. plunged into darkness
  2. overtaken by night
    • 1936, Robert Frost, Desert Places
      And lonely as it is, that loneliness
      Will be more lonely ere it will be less —
      A blanker whiteness of benighted snow
      With no expression, nothing to express.
  3. lacking knowledge or education; unenlightened
    • 185?, Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
      All people knew (or thought they knew) that he had made himself immensely rich; and, for that reason alone, prostrated themselves before him, more degradedly and less excusably than the darkest savage creeps out of his hole in the ground to propitiate, in some log or reptile, the Deity of his benighted soul.



  1. (archaic) simple past tense and past participle of benight