Be*night" (?), 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]

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.

 

© Webster 1913.

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