Definition of unenlightened in US English:



  • Not having or showing an enlightened outlook.

    ‘unenlightened thinking’
    • ‘Within the political class, it is standard fare to bemoan lack of engagement among the unenlightened masses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Naturally, the mother concludes the report unenlightened, and afraid of the consequences both of the vaccine, and of measles.’
    • ‘These and other unenlightened phrases echoed around the world last week as protesters marched by the thousands in the name of world peace.’
    • ‘But before she made her final impassioned plea to her seemingly unenlightened colleagues, the air had been thick with expectation.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, Bradford Council has shown an unenlightened attitude and needs to be persuaded otherwise.’
    • ‘He is cantankerous, idealistic, blinkered, thin-skinned, romantic, a man of the ‘enlightenment’ but curiously unenlightened himself.’
    • ‘The local burghers were not the least bit delighted or impressed at this assumption, and the unenlightened portrayal of our quaint and historic village.’
    • ‘It's difficult to believe that any modern country could be this backward and unenlightened.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this regard we in our time are strangely unenlightened.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to Tibetan Buddhism, the universe is populated by a vast array of enlightened and unenlightened beings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Surely, one might say, this is proof that magic was beginning to be regarded merely as the activity of unenlightened, superstitious peasants.’
    • ‘A year ago, he was pretty unenlightened about the whole issue - much like the rest of us.’
    • ‘In Bahamian society, the unenlightened racists put Haitians at the bottom of the totem pole and they are actively discriminated against.’
    • ‘At best, you could say the narrator is a man of his unenlightened times.’
    • ‘Boyd has now revealed he too remains unenlightened.’
    • ‘If we are to succeed in our attempt to transform our unenlightened manifestation into an enlightened one, we need the lineage.’
    uneducated, unknowledgeable, untaught, unschooled, untutored, untrained, illiterate, unlettered, unlearned, unread, uninformed, unscholarly, unqualified, benighted, backward
    without knowledge, unaware, unconscious, insensible
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