Be*night" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Benighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Benighting.]
To involve in darkness; to shroud with the shades of night; to obscure.
The clouds benight the sky.
To overtake with night or darkness, especially before the end of a day's journey or task.
Some virgin, sure, . . . benighted in these woods.
To involve in moral darkness, or ignorance; to debar from intellectual light.
Shall we to men benighted
The lamp of life deny ?
© Webster 1913.