bedim

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From be- +‎ dim.

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bedim (third-person singular simple present bedims, present participle bedimming, simple past and past participle bedimmed)

  1. (transitive) To make dim; to obscure or darken.
    • c. 1611,, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene 1,[1]
      [] by whose aid,
      Weak masters though ye be, I have bedimm’d
      The noontide sun []
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 7, in Frankenstein, volume 3:
      Often, when all was dry, the heavens cloudless, and I was parched by thirst, a slight cloud would bedim the sky, shed the few drops that revived me, and vanish.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, Book 4, Chapter VII, “The Gifted,”[2]
      Read in thy New Testament and elsewhere, — if, with floods of mealymouthed inanity, with miserable froth-vortices of Cant now several centuries old, thy New Testament is not all bedimmed for thee.
    • 1905, James Hastings, Ann Wilson Hastings, Edward Hastings, The Expository times: Volume 16:
      There will be no folly, nor laughter, nor bedimming of truth [...]

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