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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English benyghten, binighten, bynyȝten, equivalent to be- +‎ night.

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benight (third-person singular simple present benights, present participle benighting, simple past and past participle benighted) (archaic, transitive)

  1. To overtake with night; especially of a traveller, etc.: to be caught out by oncoming night before reaching one's destination.
  2. To darken; to shroud or obscure.
  3. To plunge or be overwhelmed in moral or intellectual darkness.

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ReferencesEdit

  • OED 2nd edition 1989