- 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.
Origin of beset
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Examples from the Web for besetment
From that time she steadily fought against her deadly sin, until its besetment lost all power over her.For John's Sake
Annie Frances Perram
And the curious part of the besetment is that I have known all along that I was killing your love for me.The City of Numbered Days
After a besetment of twenty-four days, Iberville succeeded in extricating his vessel from the ice and passed into the bay.Explorers and Travellers
Adolphus W. Greely
For since he had come out of prison he was every day more subject to this besetment of recalling the past.The Prisoner
- (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
Word Origin and History for besetment
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.