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benighted

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

benight \be*night"\ (b[-e]*n[imac]t"), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Benighted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Benighting}.]

1. To involve in darkness; to shroud with the shades of night; to obscure. [Archaic]

The clouds benight the sky. --Garth.

2. To overtake with night or darkness, especially before the end of a day's journey or task.

Some virgin, sure, . . . benighted in these woods. --Milton.

3. To involve in moral darkness, or ignorance; to debar from intellectual light.

Shall we to men benighted The lamp of life deny ? --Heber.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

benighted

adjective

1: overtaken by night or darkness; "benighted (or nighted) travelers hurrying toward home" [syn: {benighted}, {nighted}]

2: 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" [syn: {benighted}, {dark}]


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