Definition of unenlightened in English:



  • Not having or showing an enlightened outlook.

    ‘unenlightened thinking’
    • ‘Boyd has now revealed he too remains unenlightened.’
    • ‘But before she made her final impassioned plea to her seemingly unenlightened colleagues, the air had been thick with expectation.’
    • ‘This patronising initiative seems to suggest that unenlightened mums and dads are the cause of racism in Oldham, by passing it on to their kids and creating a vicious cycle.’
    • ‘My confused, unenlightened family will make a conscious effort to have the TV turned to the wrong channel the night one of them is aired, hoping I'll just forget about it.’
    • ‘If we are to succeed in our attempt to transform our unenlightened manifestation into an enlightened one, we need the lineage.’
    • ‘According to Tibetan Buddhism, the universe is populated by a vast array of enlightened and unenlightened beings.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, Bradford Council has shown an unenlightened attitude and needs to be persuaded otherwise.’
    • ‘In this regard we in our time are strangely unenlightened.’
    • ‘It's difficult to believe that any modern country could be this backward and unenlightened.’
    • ‘Surely, one might say, this is proof that magic was beginning to be regarded merely as the activity of unenlightened, superstitious peasants.’
    • ‘These and other unenlightened phrases echoed around the world last week as protesters marched by the thousands in the name of world peace.’
    • ‘Call me unenlightened, but I'm glad it's over, and that I can now get back to the real work of making this world a smarter, better place.’
    • ‘In Bahamian society, the unenlightened racists put Haitians at the bottom of the totem pole and they are actively discriminated against.’
    • ‘Naturally, the mother concludes the report unenlightened, and afraid of the consequences both of the vaccine, and of measles.’
    • ‘At best, you could say the narrator is a man of his unenlightened times.’
    • ‘Back in those unenlightened days we all carried knives in the playground, but we didn't know what to do with them, using them for cutting sticks and playing games.’
    • ‘Within the political class, it is standard fare to bemoan lack of engagement among the unenlightened masses.’
    • ‘The local burghers were not the least bit delighted or impressed at this assumption, and the unenlightened portrayal of our quaint and historic village.’
    • ‘He is cantankerous, idealistic, blinkered, thin-skinned, romantic, a man of the ‘enlightenment’ but curiously unenlightened himself.’
    • ‘A year ago, he was pretty unenlightened about the whole issue - much like the rest of us.’
    uneducated, unknowledgeable, untaught, unschooled, untutored, untrained, illiterate, unlettered, unlearned, unread, uninformed, unscholarly, unqualified, benighted, backward
    without knowledge, unaware, unconscious, insensible
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