Definition of benight :
1. To involve in darkness; to shroud with the shades of night; to obscure.
2. To involve in moral darkness, or ignorance; to debar from intellectual light.
3. To overtake with night or darkness, especially before the end of a day's journey or task.
- 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. - "The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs", William Morris.