Definition of benight
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 : 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 : 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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