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Definition lacking enlightenment, knowledge, or culture
  • The poor, benighted innocent had never seen such a man.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
benighted = lacking enlightenment, knowledge, or culture
  • But their main gate used to come out on a different pass, one more easy to travel by, so that they often caught people benighted near their gates.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • benighted = lacking enlightenment, knowledge, or culture
  • The verse died heavily away, and was lengthened by a chorus, not of human voices, but of all the sounds of the benighted wilderness pealing in awful harmony together.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • benighted = lacking enlightenment, knowledge, or culture
  • benighted ages of barbarism and superstition
  • From a safe distance and still rubbing his buttocks, "Benighted fool!" shouted the man from The Fordian Science Monitor, "why don't you take soma?"
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Last year, some benighted fool in a hot air balloon came bumbling over the island and had a good long look.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • These few sounds wandering in the dark had made their two benighted lives tragic to my mind.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Or it resembled a greedy, avid, delicious quagmire which would swallow up the lost, benighted traveler with a last tired, liquid, contented sigh.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • And so this squire was benighted, and by misfortune he happened to come to a castle where dwelled a baron.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur
  • I want to get some information about this benighted town.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • No, that was a benighted voice, in Herr Settembrini's opinion—which he delivered with much emotion.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • When he had identified these objects in what benighted mind he had, he said, in a dialect that was just intelligible: "How goes it, Jacques?"
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Oh, thou poor lonely little benighted boy!
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Nelson, as usual, was the one who finally took pity upon our benighted stupidity and told us what was up: kukwela.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • "I suppose you think I'm awfully benighted."
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • And so this squire was benighted, and by misfortune he happened to come to a castle where dwelled a baron.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II
  • We were supposed to ignore those benighted sheep, as Dad called them.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Is there no diet Coke in this benighted country?
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • Without Ligeia I was but as a child groping benighted.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  Ligeia
  • People, benighted ones, they came from all over Austria.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep

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