benight

transitive verb
be·​night | \ bi-ˈnīt, bē- \
-ed/-ing/-s

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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History and Etymology for benight

be- + night, noun

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“Benight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benight. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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