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

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Other Words from besotted

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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When news of their engagement broke, the besotted couple was enjoying a break in the Bahamas. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Ease Into a Comfort Zone With Couple Style," 11 July 2018 But Stewart Evan Smith is callow, almost comic, as Chevalier Danceny, Cécile’s besotted music teacher. Jeffrey Gantz,, "Sex as a weapon in Nora’s all-male ‘Liaisons’," 5 June 2018 The renowned poet and lover Lord Byron left a trail of besotted countesses passed out on swooning couches from his birth in 1788 in England until his death in Greece, 36 years later. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "An Unofficial History of Rich Women and Their Diets," 10 Apr. 2018 All across its 375 square feet swarm birds, masks and maenads—the besotted followers of the god Dionysus. Joshua Levine, Smithsonian, "Travel to Southern France for a Dazzling Taste of Ancient Rome," 24 May 2018 In the original 1933 King Kong, our besotted beast tumbled off the Empire State Building, but not before ensuring the safety of Fay Wray's Ann Darrow. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Rampage': We went berserk when we saw The Rock's altered ending (spoilers!)," 14 Apr. 2018 But Americans, freed of royal rule for more than 200 years, have come to develop a besotted regard for the spectacle of royalty. Patt Morrison,, "After centuries of practice, Britain's royals figure out how to turn a wedding into a global watch party," 17 May 2018 Markets are still besotted with Amazon and Netflix. The Economist, "Big tech is growing, but so is investors’ caution," 26 Apr. 2018 Bénédicte’s racing ambitions, meanwhile, prove secondary to her function as Gino’s besotted lover (though one pre-race locker room quickie inspires her to come in third). Peter Keough,, "Genres crash and burn in ‘Racer and the Jailbird’," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of besotted

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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