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3 definitions found
 for Besetting
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Besetting \Be*set"ting\, a.
     Habitually attacking, harassing, or pressing upon or about;
     as, a besetting sin.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beset \Be*set"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beset; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Besetting.] [AS. besettan (akin to OHG. bisazjan, G.
     besetzen, D. bezetten); pref. be- + settan to set. See
     Set.]
     1. To set or stud (anything) with ornaments or prominent
        objects.
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              A robe of azure beset with drops of gold.
                                                    --Spectator.
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              The garden is so beset with all manner of sweet
              shrubs that it perfumes the air.      --Evelyn.
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     2. To hem in; to waylay; to surround; to besiege; to
        blockade. "Beset with foes." --Milton.
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              Let thy troops beset our gates.       --Addison.
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     3. To set upon on all sides; to perplex; to harass; -- said
        of dangers, obstacles, etc. "Adam, sore beset, replied."
        --Milton. "Beset with ills." --Addison. "Incommodities
        which beset old age." --Burke.
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     4. To occupy; to employ; to use up. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     Syn: To surround; inclose; environ; hem in; besiege;
          encircle; encompass; embarrass; urge; press.
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From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  37 Moby Thesaurus words for "besetting":
     annoying, average, backbreaking, common, crushing, current,
     dominant, epidemic, grueling, heavy, hefty, irksome, normal,
     onerous, oppressive, ordinary, painful, pandemic, plaguey, popular,
     predominant, predominating, prevailing, prevalent, rampant,
     regnant, reigning, rife, routine, ruling, running, standard,
     stereotyped, troublesome, trying, usual, vexatious
  
  

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