Definition for besetting (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), be·set, be·set·ting.
Examples from the Web for 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|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I found that I had been allowed to acquire certain bad habits and besetting sins—most people do.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Alcala had been brought up in aristocratic seclusiveness, and his besetting sin was pride.The Spanish Cavalier|Charlotte Maria Tucker
He had been so sure of himself (but self-pride had ever been his besetting sin).Robert Annys: Poor Priest|Annie Nathan Meyer
British Dictionary definitions for besetting (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for besetting (2 of 2)
verb -sets, -setting or -set (tr)
Word Origin and History for besetting
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.