be·​sot·​ted | \ bi-ˈsä-təd How to pronounce besotted (audio) , 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web As an art critic who happens to be hopelessly besotted with soccer, all this fascinates me. Washington Post, "Maradona was great, and maybe the greatest. Can we make similar claims about artists?," 25 Dec. 2020 Can't wait to see what kind of wedding the besotted pair dreams up post-pandemic. Emma Specter, Vogue, "Ariana Grande Is Engaged to Boyfriend Dalton Gomez," 20 Dec. 2020 In early 2018, Ron Kaufman, the Republican Party’s Site Selection Committee chairman, paid two visits to San Antonio and quickly became besotted with the city. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Republican convention wasn’t going to fly in San Antonio," 13 June 2020 Put simply, the United States does have choices in the Middle East, even if most members of our hidebound and war-besotted foreign policy establishment remain willfully blind to them. Andrew Bacevich, Twin Cities, "Andrew Bacevich: Why President Trump can’t end ‘endless wars’," 13 Dec. 2019 But by this time, Henry was already deeply besotted with his own mistress Jane Seymour; he would be betrothed to her the day after Boleyn’s execution. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Anne Boleyn Has Had a Bad Reputation for Nearly 500 Years. Here's How One Historian Wants to Change That," 2 Dec. 2019 Will is pursued by a besotted friend who plays provocatively with binary conceptions of gender. The Economist, "Love in the time of the Black Death," 29 Aug. 2019 And unsurprisingly, even Harry's wife still looks totally besotted with him. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Woman Meeting Prince Harry on the Royal Tour Is All of Us," 18 Oct. 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

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First Known Use of besotted

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Besotted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of besotted

: loving someone or something so much that you cannot think clearly

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