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[bih-sot] /bɪˈsɒt/
verb (used with object), besotted, besotting.
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.
Origin of besot
First recorded in 1575-85; be + sot
Related forms
besottingly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Up at Fort Shurdan they had a ginmill where th' warryors cud go an' besot thimsilves with bottled beer an' dominoes.

    Mr. Dooley Says Finley Dunne
  • The Indian wished to exercise men's minds equally, and give them pleasure; the popes wished to besot men's minds.

  • They've besot the house, and are a givin' lip to frighten folks.

    The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Word Origin and History for besot

"affect with a foolish manifestation," 1570s, from be- + sot. Related: Besotted; besotting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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