benight

transitive verb

be·​night
bi-ˈnīt,
bē-
-ed/-ing/-s
1
: to overtake by darkness or night especially before the end of a journey
usually used in the passive
there was no fear of our being benighted, for in Norway at this season it never gets darkFrances Pitt
2
: to envelop in intellectual, moral, or social darkness
what men … call religion now benighting half the earthJohn Wilson †1854
usually used in the passive
3
: to make dark especially by depriving of light : obscure
the cliffs were so high that the bay itself was already benightedClemence Dane

Word History

Etymology

be- + night, noun

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“Benight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benight. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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