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Definition of benighted adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    benighted

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//bɪˈnaɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈnaɪtɪd//
     
    (old-fashioned)
     
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  1. 1(of people) without understanding
  2. 2(of places) without the benefits of modern life
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense being overtaken by darkness): past participle of archaic benight ‘cover in the darkness of night, obscure’ (see be-, night).
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