[[t]bɪˈsɛt ɪŋ[/t]] adj.
constantly assailing or obsessing:
a besetting temptation[/ex]
Etymology: 1540–50

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Besetting — Be*set ting, a. Habitually attacking, harassing, or pressing upon or about; as, a besetting sin. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • besetting — [bi set′iŋ] adj. constantly harassing or attacking [a besetting temptation] …   English World dictionary

  • besetting — index hostile Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Besetting — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • besetting — /bi set ing/, adj. constantly assailing or obsessing, as with temptation: a besetting sin. [1540 50; BESET + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • besetting — /bəˈsɛtɪŋ/ (say buh seting), /bi / (say bee ) adjective constantly attacking, tempting, etc.: our besetting sins …   Australian English dictionary

  • besetting — adjective Date: 1634 constantly present or attacking ; obsessive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • besetting — Synonyms and related words: annoying, average, backbreaking, common, crushing, current, dominant, epidemic, grueling, heavy, hefty, irksome, normal, onerous, oppressive, ordinary, painful, pandemic, plaguey, popular, predominant, predominating,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • besetting — be set·ting || tɪŋ adj. constantly attacking, constantly harassing be·set || bɪ set v. harass; attack, besiege …   English contemporary dictionary

  • besetting — adj compulsive, habitual, persistent, dominant, inveterate, irresistible, uncontrollable, obsessive, prevalent, constant, recurring, troublesome, harassing …   Useful english dictionary

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