The besetting problem I have with it to this day, is do people want to know this?
In the besetting fear that he was leaving Di to face something alone, Bobby had arrived.
This "rejoicing in iniquity" is the besetting sin of idle people.
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.
The besetting temptation of the free lance is to pamper himself.
How well Miss Preston was aware of their besetting sins, and how shrewdly did she use them to their undoing.
But his besetting sin was strong drink, and he had recently been drunk.
As if I did not know that curiosity is my besetting sin, without being reminded of it in that brutal way!
He even had a besetting sin, and that besetting sin was pride.
Alcala had been brought up in aristocratic seclusiveness, and his besetting sin was pride.
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.