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Nov. 15, 2008 - benighted

be⋅night⋅ed   [ bi nahy tid ]
adjective

Definition:
1. intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened: benighted ages of barbarism and superstition.
2. overtaken by darkness or night.


Etymology:
1565–75; benight ( be- + night ) + -ed


Example:
The latest Julia Roberts film, ''Mona Lisa Smile,'' invites moviegoers to look back at the benighted, pre-feminist 1950's from the vantage point of our presumed enlightenment.
--review, The New York Times
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