Benighted



intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened:
benighted ages of barbarism and superstition.
overtaken by darkness or night.
Contemporary Examples

In A Very Deep Way: Remembering Rabbi David Hartman Bernard Avishai February 20, 2013
A Man More Heroic Than Sully Lee Siegel March 4, 2009
Why Africa’s Turning Anti-Gay Jay Michaelson March 30, 2014
P.J. O’Rourke Picks His Favorite Travel Books P. J. O’Rourke November 11, 2011
Why You’re Wrong About Monty Python Tom Doran March 14, 2013

Historical Examples

A Plea for Captain John Brown Henry David Thoreau
The Devil’s Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
A Visit To The United States In 1841 Joseph Sturge
Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
George Borrow and His Circle Clement King Shorter

adjective
lacking cultural, moral, or intellectual enlightenment; ignorant
(archaic) overtaken by night

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