verb (used with object), be·set, be·set·ting.
Examples from the Web for besetment
For since he had come out of prison he was every day more subject to this besetment of recalling the past.The Prisoner|Alice Brown
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
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
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|Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for besetment
verb -sets, -setting or -set (tr)
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.