benight

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From be- +‎ night.

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (archaic) (transitive) To overtake with night.
  2. (archaic) (transitive, of a traveller etc) To be caught out by oncoming night before reaching one's destination
  3. (archaic) (transitive) To darken
    • 1922 A. E. Housman, Last Poems XXV, lines 13-14
      The King with half the East at heel is marched from lands of morning;
      Their fighters drink the rivers up, their shafts benight the air.

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References[edit]

  • OED 2nd edition 1989