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benight (v.)

1550s, "to be overtaken by darkness;" 1630s, "to involve with darkness," from be- + night. Figurative sense of "to involve in moral or intellectual darkness" is from c. 1600, and the word is rarely used now except in the figurative past-participle adjective benighted.

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Definitions of benight

benight (v.)
overtake with darkness or night;
benight (v.)
envelop with social, intellectual, or moral darkness;
The benighted peoples of this area
benight (v.)
make darker and difficult to perceive by sight;
Synonyms: bedim
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