benight

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v benight make darker and difficult to perceive by sight
    • v benight envelop with social, intellectual, or moral darkness "The benighted peoples of this area"
    • v benight overtake with darkness or night
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • benight To involve in darkness; to shroud with the shades of night; to obscure. "The clouds benight the sky."
    • benight To involve in moral darkness, or ignorance; to debar from intellectual light. "Shall we to men benighted The lamp of life deny ?"
    • benight To overtake with night or darkness, especially before the end of a day's journey or task. "Some virgin, sure, . . . benighted in these woods."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • benight To overtake with night.
    • benight To involve in darkness, as with the shades of night; shroud in gloom; overshadow; eclipse; figuratively, to involve in moral darkness or ignorance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Benight to involve in such darkness: to cloud with disappointment
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Quotations

  • Thomas Hood
    Thomas Hood
    “But who would rush at a benighted man, and give him two black eyes for being blind?”
  • John Milton
    John%20Milton
    “But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself is his own dungeon.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. be- and Night.

Usage

In literature:

By some direct and primitively human way her benighted mind had reached its determination.
"The Cruise of the Shining Light" by Norman Duncan
England, the land of heroes, sages, statesmen, is the mere registrar of the parish priest and his poor, benighted dupes.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
A more fatal snare for entrapping a benighted traveller could scarcely have been devised.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 364, February 1846" by Various
When she was a Materialist she never suspected that her nature was so composite, and we are still in the same benighted condition.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
No one, not even the Church, was the keeper of these benighted brothers.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
I was benighted and go there late.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
The week in which during all the years of many and long ages benighted people sacrificed their Christs to Shylock gods.
"Communism and Christianism" by William Montgomery Brown
No true Englishman knows anything about that benighted class.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
The dawn of the day of fortune was on his long-benighted soul; and he could hardly subdue his excited feelings.
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1." by Samuel Warren
But many areas are still in a state of benighted ignorance about the results of intensive culture applied to the arts.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 26, 1920" by Various
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In poetry:

Today the Savior calls:
Ye wand’rers, come;
O ye benighted souls,
Why longer roam?
"Today the Savior Calls" by Samuel Francis Smith
The Bishop said, said he,
"I'll see what I can do
To Christianise and make you wise,
You poor benighted Jew."
"The Bishop and the Busman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Benighted was an ancient Dame,
And fearful haste she made
To gain the vale of Fakenham,
And hail its Willow shade.
"The Fakeham Ghost" by Robert Bloomfield
"Go, on God's own strength relying,
Raise Immanuel's standard high,
Teach the poor, benighted millions
How to live and how to die.
"Caleb's Vision" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Although I knew that we had lost
The hope and glory of our life;
And now, benighted, tempest-tossed,
Must bear alone the weary strife.
"On The Death Of Anne Brontë" by Charlotte Bronte
As the benighted pilgrims wait,
And long, and wish for breaking day,
So waits my soul before thy gate;
When will my God his face display?
"Psalm 130" by Isaac Watts

In news:

He was a high officer of Shell Oil and a member of the tiny, well-paid elite in a benighted region.
Once Recited, Now Benighted .
First of all, if you're among the benighted who've never seen Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 shocker Psycho, stop reading at the end of this paragraph.
Camille Paglia is only too happy to tell those benighted readers who might be unfamiliar with her earlier books and essays exactly who she is, or at least who she thinks she is.
WHEN Saparmurat Niyazov, Turkmenbashi or father of all the Turkmen , died of heart failure in December 2006, there was guarded optimism that better days might lie ahead for his benighted country.
They are as entertaining as they are benighted.
The benighted Super Bowl weekend concert that was to feature superstar Prince and local favorite Erykah Badu has left a pile of unanswered questions and a wave of disenchantment in the wake of its collapse Friday night.
But, as shocking as this surely is to all of us, it appears some benighted folks hold opinions that, gulp, differ from mine.
Another Facebook friend from my college days sent me a map comparing Romney states to that of the Confederacy, and wondered why they remain so benighted and racist.
Listen to the comments that the Brewing TV guys recorded as Alabama legislators debated, then defeated a bill that would have allowed homebrewing in that benighted state.
Nobody seemed to have faith in this benighted, Robert E Howard–based sword-and-sorcery demi-epic, which is three years old, has already wound its way through Europe, and was preempted stateside by its own VOD release this past August.
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In science:

Many mathematicians have offered encouragement, insight and patient answers to our often benighted questions during the course of this research.
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