Definition of beset
1 : to set or stud with or as if with ornaments a crown beset with rubies … leaves, whose edges were beset with thorns … — J. G. Frazer
besetmentplay \-mənt\ noun
Examples of beset in a Sentence
A lack of money is the greatest problem besetting the city today.
he's been beset by a lack of self-confidence virtually his entire life
Recent Examples of beset from the Web
Several current and former NOPD homicide detectives, who were not authorized to speak publicly, described to The Times-Picayune in April a bleak workplace environment beset by inadequate staffing, excessive caseloads and dysfunctional management.
The money-losing All Nippon Entertainment Works focuses on licensing Japanese IP to Hollywood, but has been beset by problems since its launch.
Although he was beset by injuries in his final two seasons with St. Louis, Holliday might have been expected to deliver power.
The area in the state’s mountains has been beset by drug gangs that buy local opium production and have tried to extort money from mining operations.
The Allmans continued to play music through the next four decades, beset by tragedy, triumph and personnel changes, and while the Fillmore was never resurrected, another Manhattan landmark took its place.
How do neighborhoods constantly beset by violent crime and decay rediscover the will and purpose to maintain the sovereignty of a street -- not to mention the health of collapsing rose bushes?
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces historically have been beset by problems.
This February, the International Ad Hoc Committee came up with a solution to the customer service troubles besetting the Internet's Domain Name System.
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Origin and Etymology of beset
Middle English besetten, from Old English besettan, from be- + settan to set
First Known Use: before 12th century
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: to cause problems or difficulties for (someone or something)
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