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