benight

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

Definition of benight

-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 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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