benight

transitive verb be·night \bi-ˈnīt, bē-\

Definition of benight

-ed/-ing/-s

  1. 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 dark — Frances Pitt

  2. 2 :  to envelop in intellectual, moral, or social darkness what men … call religion now benighting half the earth — John Wilson †1854 —usually used in the passive

  3. 3 :  to make dark especially by depriving of light :  obscure the cliffs were so high that the bay itself was already benighted — Clemence Dane

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Origin and Etymology of benight

be- + night, noun


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