benight e*night" (b[-e]*n[imac]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Benighted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Benighting}.] 1. To involve in darkness; to shroud with the shades of night; to obscure. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

The clouds benight the sky. --Garth. [1913 Webster]

2. To overtake with night or darkness, especially before the end of a day's journey or task. [1913 Webster]

Some virgin, sure, . . . benighted in these woods. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To involve in moral darkness, or ignorance; to debar from intellectual light. [1913 Webster]

Shall we to men benighted The lamp of life deny ? --Heber. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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