Origin of besetting
verb (used with object), be·set, be·set·ting.
Origin of beset
Synonyms for beset
Related Words for besettingbedevil, perplex, besiege, beleaguer, surround, embarrass, invade, overrun, hassle, infest, encompass, ring, badger, aggress, nudge, nag, pester, attack, storm, strike
Examples from the Web for besetting
Contemporary Examples of besetting
The besetting problem I have with it to this day, is do people want to know this?Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
Historical Examples of besetting
My besetting fear was that I couldn't count on her obtuseness.The Greater Inclination
For all the agitation that must have been besetting him, his manner was serene as ever.Bardelys the Magnificent
For the besetting irresoluteness of the Gumthorpes is consuming him.
But if a quick temper was Roger's besetting sin, pig-headedness was Ernest's.The Forbidden Trail
Diderot was more free from this besetting weakness than any of his contemporaries.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
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.