verb (used with object), be·set, be·set·ting.
Origin of beset
Synonyms for beset
Related Words for besetmentaggravation, bother, difficulty, harassment, irritant, irritation, nuisance, torment, trouble, vexation
Examples from the Web for besetment
Historical Examples of besetment
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
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
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
For since he had come out of prison he was every day more subject to this besetment of recalling the past.The Prisoner
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.