- to intoxicate or stupefy with drink.
- to make stupid or foolish: The stories had besotted her mind with fear and superstition.
- to infatuate; obsess: Youth and beauty have a tendency to besot middle-aged men; charm and tenderness does it for women of all ages.
Origin of besot
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Related Wordsnonplus, bemuse, flabbergast, astound, bewilder, dazzle, benumb, daze, rattle, blunt, shock, confuse, startle, confound, amaze, faze, numb, daunt, surprise, overwhelm
Examples from the Web for 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
Word Origin and History for besot
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