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besot

[bih-sot]
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verb (used with object), be·sot·ted, be·sot·ting.
  1. to intoxicate or stupefy with drink.
  2. to make stupid or foolish: The stories had besotted her mind with fear and superstition.
  3. to infatuate; obsess: Youth and beauty have a tendency to besot middle-aged men; charm and tenderness does it for women of all ages.
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Origin of besot

First recorded in 1575–85; be + sot
Related formsbe·sot·ting·ly, adverb
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Related Words for besot

nonplus, bemuse, flabbergast, astound, bewilder, dazzle, benumb, daze, rattle, blunt, shock, confuse, startle, confound, amaze, faze, numb, daunt, surprise, overwhelm

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Historical Examples of besot

  • They've besot the house, and are a givin' lip to frighten folks.

    The Attache

    Thomas Chandler Haliburton

  • The Indian wished to exercise men's minds equally, and give them pleasure; the popes wished to besot men's minds.

  • Up at Fort Shurdan they had a ginmill where th' warryors cud go an' besot thimsilves with bottled beer an' dominoes.

    Mr. Dooley Says

    Finley Dunne


Word Origin and History for besot

v.

"affect with a foolish manifestation," 1570s, from be- + sot. Related: Besotted; besotting.

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