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Benight   Listen
verb
benight  v. t.  (past & past part. benighted; pres. part. benighting)  
1.
To involve in darkness; to shroud with the shades of night; to obscure. (Archaic) "The clouds benight the sky."
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."
3.
To involve in moral darkness, or ignorance; to debar from intellectual light. "Shall we to men benighted The lamp of life deny?"






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Benight" Quotes from Famous Books



... "Though some, benight in sin, delight To glut their vandal cravings, These hands of mine shall not incline To ...
— Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions - Vol. I • Slason Thompson

... should be told. Alone in the woods he abided, and a master of masters was he In the craft of the smithying folk; and whiles would the hunter see, Belated amid the thicket, his forge's glimmering light, And the boldest of all the fishers would hear his hammer benight. Then dim waxed the tale of the Volsungs, and the word mid the wood-folk rose That a King of the Giants had wakened from amidst the stone-hedged close, Where they slept in the heart of the mountains, and had come adown to dwell In the ...
— The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs • William Morris



Words linked to "Benight" :   envelop, darken, overcome, enfold, overtake, sweep over, overwhelm, bedim, whelm, wrap, overpower, enclose



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