1. being in a state of moral or intellectual darkness; unenlightened 2. overtaken by darkness or night

The other day I was running through words that begin with “be,” and the first three had to do with love or infatuation: beloved, betrothed, besotted. Then my mind alighted on benighted, which may also have to do with love in some kind of perverse way, but I’ll withhold judgment on that.

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