From be- + dim.
bedim (third-person singular simple present bedims, present participle bedimming, simple past and past participle bedimmed)
- (transitive) To make dim; to obscure or darken.
- c. 1611,, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene 1,
- […] by whose aid,
- Weak masters though ye be, I have bedimm’d
- The noontide sun […]
1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 7, in Frankenstein, volume 3:
Often, when all was dry, the heavens cloudless, and I was parched by thirst, a slight cloud would bedim the sky, shed the few drops that revived me, and vanish.
- 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, Book 4, Chapter VII, “The Gifted,”
- Read in thy New Testament and elsewhere, — if, with floods of mealymouthed inanity, with miserable froth-vortices of Cant now several centuries old, thy New Testament is not all bedimmed for thee.
- 1905, James Hastings, Ann Wilson Hastings, Edward Hastings, The Expository times: Volume 16:
- There will be no folly, nor laughter, nor bedimming of truth [...]