Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BENICHT, v. Sc. form of Eng. benight. [bɪ′nt] Sc. 1911 S.D.D. Add.:
Benicht, to stay in another's house until after midnight. [This meaning is given for benight neither in N.E.D. nor in Un. Eng. Dict.]

ppl.adj. benichtit, -ed, (1) overtaken by darkness; obscured by clouds; (2) unenlightened. (1) Sc. 1828 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 102:
The moon, which, bricht and bonny though she be, is often sairly benichted.
Abd.4 1933:
Be-nichtit. Out after night-fall.
(2) Sc. 1827 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 41:
Chargin siller for geein a puir benichted beggar body a grawtis copy o' the Word o' God!
Cai. 1891 D. Stephen Gleanings in the North 138:
We've been a puir benichted people this many a day.
Bnff. 1887 W. M. Philip Covedale 84:
For the auld tyrannies in this benichted lan' are tough at the bane.

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