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bɪˈnaɪ tɪdbe·night·ed

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. benighted, nightedadjective

    overtaken by night or darkness

    "benighted (or nighted) travelers hurrying toward home"

  2. benighted, darkadjective

    lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture

    "this benighted country"; "benighted ages of barbarism and superstition"; "the dark ages"; "a dark age in the history of education"


  1. benightedadjective

    plunged into darkness

  2. benightedadjective

    overtaken by night

  3. benightedadjective

    lacking knowledge or education; unenlightened


  1. Benighted

    Benighted is a French deathgrind band formed in Saint-Étienne in 1998. The group comprises vocalist Julien Truchan, guitarists Emmanuel Dalle and Fabien "Fack" Desgardins, bassist Pierre Arnoux and drummer Kevin Paradis, Benighted have released nine studio albums.


  1. benighted

    Benighted is an adjective that generally refers to being in a state of intellectual, moral, or social darkness due to ignorance or lack of enlightenment. It can also mean being overtaken by darkness or night, often used to describe someone who is caught or trapped in an unfamiliar or dangerous place after dark.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Benighted

    of Benight


  1. Benighted

    Benighted is a death metal band formed in Saint-Étienne, France, in 1998. The band comprises vocalist Julien Truchan, guitarists Adrien Guérin and Olivier Gabriel, bassist Eric Lombard and drummer Kevin "Kikou" Foley. They released six albums since formation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Benighted

    be-nīt′ed, adj. overtaken by night: involved in darkness, intellectual or moral: ignorant.—v.t. Benight′, to involve in such darkness: to cloud with disappointment.—ns. Benight′ening; Benight′er; Benight′ing; Benight′ment. [Pfx. be- and Night.]

Anagrams for benighted »

  1. get behind

  2. benedight

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of benighted in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of benighted in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of benighted in a Sentence

  1. Marcel Proust:

    The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace.

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