verb (used with object), be·set, be·set·ting.
Origin of beset
Examples from the Web for beset
I suspect that the new Tarzan will run into the same problems that beset the recent Lone Ranger remake.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?|Ted Gioia|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We may be beset by deep political divisions, but the moderate, outward-looking center is large; not a fringe section of society.Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire|Kim Ghattas|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Stringer depicts a country that is beset by complications of both past imperialism and current globalism.
India, for example, is still very poor and beset by many ethnic and religious divides, yet has a thriving democracy.Why Democracy Will Struggle In The Arab World In 2014|Balint Szlanko|January 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In her speech, Rice mentioned Iraq once, as a “fragile democracy” beset by “internal strife and hostile neighbors.”The Wars Condoleezza Rice & John McCain Left Out of Their RNC Speeches|Peter Beinart|August 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The transportation of certain kinds of seeds over long distances, especially on sea voyages, is often beset with difficulties.The Nursery Book|Liberty Hyde Bailey
Your men returned at noon yesterday and told me of the ambush in which they had been beset.The Bravest of the Brave|G. A. Henty
She was in no condition to be left alone, this delicate and fragile child, defenceless and beset.The Destroying Angel|Louis Joseph Vance
But in time I overcame such difficulties as beset me, and soon learned to spend thousands of dollars with comparative ease.Peeps at People|John Kendrick Bangs
He meant well, and tried to do well, and he did not struggle in vain against the trials and temptations that beset him.Try Again|Oliver Optic
verb -sets, -setting or -set (tr)
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.