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Synonyms for benightedness

the condition of being ignorant; lack of knowledge or learning

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Wistfully highlighting his own dilemma, Shelley contends that although momentarily beset with innumerable setbacks, his revolutionary ideals will resurrect into millennial promises in the future generations when minds will be equipped with enlightenment and open to all rational debates; that in an age of obscurantisms and benightedness liberal and free-thinkers are subjected, under flimsy pretexts, to the worst atrocities imaginable.
Far from being a conscious Jewish subversive, Franzos engages in a culturally colonialist discourse that contrasts the benightedness of the Slavic and traditionally Jewish cultures of "Halb-Asien" with Enlightenment German culture and sees the latter as the cure for the former.
La antitesis entre razon e imaginacion, que define el sentido de la critica, no es sino la expresion en una dimension antropologica de una polaridad de mayor alcance en la que aquella se funda: "the crude antithesis between superstition, prejudice, ignorance, barbarism, benightedness on the one hand, and reason, freedom, culture, enlightenment on the other" (15).
Because the exchange continues with Wright informing the white journalist that her black roommate straightens her hair simply because she is self-loathing (Color Curtain 187), the interaction could be read as Wright's attempt to represent the American racial allegory, which highlights white American benightedness with respect to black Americans.
Constitutionalism won out over absolutism, freedom over tyranny, tolerance over intolerance, enlightenment over benightedness.
Many people exaggerate both their own enlightenment and the average person's benightedness, and judges are not immune from these tendencies.
Now living in the United States, she has been alternately celebrated and excoriated on both sides of the Atlantic as an uncompromising critic not only of Islam but also of multiculturalism, which she contends is mistakenly tolerant of the Muslim world's endemic benightedness and cruelty.
The novel features a heroine who, like Jane Elton, represents piety and refinement and who stands at odds with the bellicosity, coarseness, and religious benightedness of her Puritan father.
Thus Paul Bert, a pupil of the renowned physiologist Claude Bernard and a member of Gambetta's editorial team on La Republique Francaise, sounded the theme of regeneration when he contrasted republican enlightenment with monarchical and dictatorial benightedness in introducing the Opportunist law on universal primary education to the Chamber of Deputies in his speech of December 6, 1879:
There are other worthwhile candidates: women with 'Baby on Board' stickers in their car who speed along 30mph roads oblivious to everyone around them; people who like to display their benightedness as a badge of honour; English arrogance (hey, I'm Welsh, I've got good reason to have a chip on my shoulder); automated phone systems; every other motorist in the country; the M5; Robert KilroySilk; people in motorised wheelchairs who ride far too quickly along busy pavements scattering pedestrians into the road, or clipping their heels and glaring at you as if it was your fault.
What Bagehot called the "party-spirit" shapes their every utterance and makes of their every narrative a fable of moral combat in which the forces of enlightenment (the Democratic Party) and the forces of benightedness (the Republican Party) struggle for ascendency.
But as Jeffrey recounted his experiences and shared slide after slide of lush landscapes and strikingly colorful birds, my boredom disappeared along with my benightedness.