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.

  1. 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

1
First recorded in 1575–85; be + sot

Other words from besot

  • be·sot·ting·ly, adverb

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How to use besot in a sentence

  • Suffice it to say there is nothing that besots a man more completely and lowers him more ignobly to the level of the brute.

    Explanation of Catholic Morals | John H. Stapleton