Definition of beset
- a crown beset with rubies
- … leaves, whose edges were beset with thorns …
- —J. G. Frazer
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
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aggravate, agitate, annoy, bother, bug, chafe, distress, disturb, exasperate, gall, get, grate, gripe, hagride, harass, harry, irk, irritate, molest, nettle, peeve, pester, pique, put out, rasp, rile, vex;
: to cause problems or difficulties for (someone or something)
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to emit the high shrill tone of bagpipes
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