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From Middle English benimen, from Old English beniman, from Proto-Germanic *binemaną (to take away). Equivalent to be- +‎ nim.



benim (third-person singular simple present benims, present participle benimming, simple past benam or benimmed, past participle benomen or benome or benumb or benimmed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To take away; rob; deprive; ravish [10th-16thc.]
    • 2017, 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter viij, in Le Morte Darthur, book XVI:
      And on the right hand were two flowers like a lily, and the one would have benome the others whiteness, but a good man departed them that the one touched not the other; and then out of every flower came out many flowers, and fruit great plenty.
    • 1530, John Palsgrave:
      Benombe of ones lymbes []
      [] He is now benomme of his lymmes.
    • 1876, Chaucer, Henry Morley, Illustrations of English religion:
      Alas ! it benimeth from man his wit and his reason, and all his debonaire life spiritual that should keep his soul. Certes it benimeth also God's due lordship (and that is man's soul) and the love of his neighbours : []
    • 1900, Guillaume (de Lorris), ‎Jean de Meun, ‎Frederick Startridge Ellis, The Romance of the Rose - Volume 2:
      To visit I should much prefer
      Some sick but wealthy usurer :
      With patience would I comfort him,
      In hope some deniers to benimme,
      And when pale death steals o'er his face,
      Transport him to the burial-place.
    • 1963, William Matthews, Later medieval English prose:
      [] by his name maketh clepe him and name him Rude Intendment hath made him an espier of ways and a waiter [waylayer] of pilgrims and will benim [rob] them their burdons and unscrip them of their scrips, beguiling them with lying words.

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  • IPA(key): /beˈnim/
  • Hyphenation: be‧nim



  1. my, mine, of mine (genitive of ben).


  • One of only three irregular Turkish genitive cases (the others being bizim (our, ours, of us) and suyun (of the water)).