meaning of benight

benight meaning in General Dictionary

To involve in darkness to shroud with all the shades of night to confuse

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  • overtake with darkness or evening
  • envelop with personal, intellectual, or moral darkness
  • make darker and difficult to perceive by picture
  • To involve in darkness; to shroud utilizing the tones of evening; to confuse.
  • To overtake with evening or darkness, especially before the end of daily's journey or task.
  • To include in ethical darkness, or lack of knowledge; to debar from intellectual light.

benight meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1550s, "to be overtaken by darkness," from be- + night. Figurative feeling (especially in previous participle adjective benighted) of "to include in moral or intellectual darkness" is from c.1600.


benight meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To involve in darkness; to shroud with the shades of evening; to confuse.

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  • (v. t.) To overtake with night or darkness, especially prior to the end of per day's trip or task.
  • (v. t.) To include in ethical darkness, or ignorance; to debar from intellectual light.