benight

Definition of benight

be`night´   Pronunciation: bė`nīt´
v. t.1.To involve in darkness; to shroud with the shades of night; to obscure.
[imp. & p. p. Benighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Benighting.]
The clouds benight the sky.
- Garth.
2.To overtake with night or darkness, especially before the end of a day's journey or task.
Some virgin, sure, . . . benighted in these woods.
- Milton.
3.To involve in moral darkness, or ignorance; to debar from intellectual light.
Shall we to men benighted
The lamp of life deny ?
- Heber.

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