besotted

adjective be·sot·ted \ bi-ˈsä-təd , bē- \

Definition of besotted

1 :blindly or utterly infatuated
  • besotted lovers
  • They have a mad affair. He is besotted. But she is an expensive partner, and he needs money to keep her in style.
  • —Newgate Callendar
  • The husband … seems besotted with his wife and horribly jealous of the bird she's protecting.
  • —Edmund White
2 :intoxicated or stupefied especially with drink
  • … longed only to get out of the house for a lively evening with his old cronies, who were boorish, bumbling and besotted every last one of them.
  • —Dennis Drabelle
  • We issued into an empty street through a half-open door, staggering like besotted revellers.
  • —Joseph Conrad

besottedly

adverb
    • She had gone back with him to his flat that first night blindly and besottedly in love with him.
    • —Anne Mulcock

besottedness

noun
    • I was besotted with the idea and the reality of Venice, and that besottedness has never quite left me …
    • —Erica Jong

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First Known Use of besotted

1580

besotted Synonyms

Synonyms
drunk, blasted [slang], blind, blitzed [slang], blotto [slang], bombed, boozy, canned [slang], cockeyed, crocked, drunken, fried, gassed, hammered [slang], high, impaired, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated, juiced [slang], lit, lit up, loaded [slang], looped, oiled [slang], pickled, pie-eyed, plastered, potted [slang], ripped [slang], sloshed [slang], smashed [slang], sottish, soused, sozzled, squiffed (or squiffy), stewed, stiff, stinking [slang], stoned, tanked [slang], tiddly [chiefly British], tight, tipsy, wasted [slang], wet, wiped out [slang]
Antonyms
sober, straight
Related Words
maudlin; beery; befuddled, bleary-eyed, crapulous, dopey (also dopy), rocky, strung out, stupefied; debauched, dissipated, dissolute; alcoholic, bibulous, dipsomaniacal
Near Antonyms
abstemious, abstinent, dry, temperate, teetotal; clearheaded, cool, level, steady

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