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  1. intoxicated; drunk: We found him besotted with wine.
  2. infatuated or obsessed: a besotted mom and her new baby; They had one date and he was utterly besotted.
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Origin of besotted

Related formsbe·sot·ted·ly, adverbbe·sot·ted·ness, noun


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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  1. stupefied with drink; intoxicated
  2. infatuated; doting
  3. foolish; muddled
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Word Origin and History for besotted


past participle adjective from besot.

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

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