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besetting

[ bih-set-ing ]
/ bɪˈsɛt ɪŋ /
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adjective

constantly assailing or obsessing, as with temptation: a besetting sin.

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Origin of besetting

First recorded in1540–50; beset + -ing2
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British Dictionary definitions for besetting

besetting
/ (bɪˈsɛtɪŋ) /

adjective

tempting, harassing, or assailing (esp in the phrase besetting sin)
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