Besetment



to attack on all sides; assail; harass:
to be beset by enemies; beset by difficulties.
to surround; hem in:
a village beset on all sides by dense forest.
to set or place upon; bestud:
a gold bracelet beset with jewels.
Nautical. to surround (a vessel) by ice, so that control of the helm is lost.
Historical Examples

Explorers and Travellers Adolphus W. Greely
The Prisoner Alice Brown
For John’s Sake Annie Frances Perram
The City of Numbered Days Francis Lynde

verb (transitive) -sets, -setting, -set
(esp of dangers, temptations, or difficulties) to trouble or harass constantly
to surround or attack from all sides
(archaic) to cover with, esp with jewels
v.

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