Definitions for: Beset


[v] to assail or attack on all sides:"The lioness..beset by men and hounds." Pope
[v] decorate or cover lavishly with gems
[v] annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

A robe of azure beset with drops of gold.
--Spectator.

The garden is so beset with all manner of sweet
shrubs that it perfumes the air. --Evelyn.

2. To hem in; to waylay; to surround; to besiege; to
blockade. ``Beset with foes.'' --Milton.

Let thy troops beset our gates. --Addison.

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.

4. To occupy; to employ; to use up. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Syn: To surround; inclose; environ; hem in; besiege;
encircle; encompass; embarrass; urge; press.

Synonyms: chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, encrust, harass, harry, hassle, incrust, molest, plague, provoke, set upon

See Also: adorn, annoy, assail, assault, attack, beautify, bedevil, bother, chafe, crucify, decorate, devil, dun, embellish, frustrate, get at, get to, goad, grace, gravel, irritate, nark, needle, nettle, ornament, rag, rile, set on, torment, vex

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