Part of speech: adjective

Overtaken by night; ignorant; depraved.

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Usage examples "benighted":

  1. As the moon did not rise until towards morning, we were under the necessity of waiting until then, otherwise we might get benighted in the bush. - "A Boy's Voyage Round the World", The Son of Samuel Smiles.
  2. And yet it seemed as if a chord united Us two, as if a thousand thoughts that lay Deep in my own youth's memory benighted Had started at your bidding into day. - "Love's Comedy", Henrik Ibsen.
  3. I won't hand you over, Miss Briggs, to any of those poor benighted people. - "Philistia", Grant Allen.