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.

Origin of besotted

Related formsbe·sot·ted·ly, adverbbe·sot·ted·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for besottedness

Historical Examples of besottedness

  • I did warn him freely, but he was stout in his besottedness.

    The Black Arrow

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Such was the general state of besottedness that many of the faithful blissfully accepted the new prediction.

British Dictionary definitions for besottedness


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



past participle adjective from besot.

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