[ bez-uhnt for 1; buh-zant, older use bez-uhnt for 2 ]

  1. Annie (Wood), 1847–1933, English theosophist.

  2. Sir Walter, 1836–1901, English novelist.

Words Nearby Besant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Besant in a sentence

  • Good wine needs no bush, and the bush which Mr. Besant hangs out is a very small one.

    Adventures in Criticism | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Charles Darwin in one of his works relates a fact, which Mrs. Besant has quoted, in illustration of this.

    Reincarnation | Th. Pascal
  • After a few minutes' conversation he made way for Mrs. Besant.

    Prisoner for Blasphemy | G. W. [George William] Foote
  • According to Mrs. Besant this universal Church is simply the universal self.

    Orthodoxy | G. K. Chesterton
  • Mrs. Besant and the two daughters of Mr. Bradlaugh are always accompanying him wherever he lectures in London.

    The Youthful Wanderer | George H. Heffner

British Dictionary definitions for Besant


/ (ˈbɛzənt, bɪˈzænt) /

  1. Annie, née Wood . 1847–1933, British theosophist, writer, and political reformer in England and India

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