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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.