to intoxicate or stupefy with drink.
to make stupid or foolish:
The stories had besotted her mind with fear and superstition.
to infatuate; obsess:
Youth and beauty have a tendency to besot middle-aged men; charm and tenderness does it for women of all ages.
Historical Examples

Mr. Dooley Says Finley Dunne
Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary Voltaire
The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton


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