1. To involve in darkness; to shroud with the shades of night; to obscure. The clouds benight the sky. (Garth)
2. To overtake with night or darkness, especially before the end of a day's journey or task. Some virgin, sure, . . . Benighted in these woods. (Milton)
3. To involve in moral darkness, or ignorance; to debar from intellectual light. Shall we to men benighted The lamp of life deny ? (Heber)
Origin: Benighted; Benighting.