constantly assailing or obsessing, as with temptation:
a besetting sin.
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.
The besetting problem I have with it to this day, is do people want to know this?
Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination Mindy Farabee December 25, 2014
In the besetting fear that he was leaving Di to face something alone, Bobby had arrived.
Miss Lulu Bett Zona Gale
This “rejoicing in iniquity” is the besetting sin of idle people.
Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
Now Beatrice, well as she knew Dante’s propensity to love, knew as well that pride was even more of a besetting weakness of his.
A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 George Saintsbury
The besetting temptation of the free lance is to pamper himself.
If You Don’t Write Fiction Charles Phelps Cushing
How well Miss Preston was aware of their besetting sins, and how shrewdly did she use them to their undoing.
Caps and Capers Gabrielle E. Jackson
But his besetting sin was strong drink, and he had recently been drunk.
A Circuit Rider’s Wife Corra Harris
As if I did not know that curiosity is my besetting sin, without being reminded of it in that brutal way!
A Lady of Rome F. Marion Crawford
He even had a besetting sin, and that besetting sin was pride.
The Willoughby Captains Talbot Baines Reed
Alcala had been brought up in aristocratic seclusiveness, and his besetting sin was pride.
The Spanish Cavalier Charlotte Maria Tucker
tempting, harassing, or assailing (esp in the phrase besetting sin)
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
Old English besettan “to put, place; own, keep; occupy, settle; cover, surround with, besiege,” from Proto-Germanic *bisatjan (cf. Old Saxon bisettjan, Dutch bezetten, Old High German bisezzan, German besetzen, Gothic bisatjan); see be- + set (v.). The figurative sense also was in Old English. Related: Beset (past tense); besetting.
a thin piece of wood, slate, metal, asbestos, or the like, usually oblong, laid in overlapping rows to cover the roofs and walls of buildings. a woman’s close-cropped haircut. Informal. a small signboard, especially as hung before a doctor’s or lawyer’s office. to cover with shingles, as a roof. to cut (hair) close to the […]
to curse; invoke evil upon. Historical Examples And beshrew me if I would either rob thee of it, mine own good Nan, or its old walls of thy sweet presence when I shall be dead.’ The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. E. Rameur beshrew me, Sis, but since when […]
by or at the side of; near: Sit down beside me. compared with: Beside him other writers seem amateurish. apart from; not connected with: beside the point; beside the question. besides (defs 4, 5). along the side of something: The family rode in the carriage, and the dog ran along beside. besides (def 2). beside […]