besetting

adjective

be·​set·​ting bi-ˈse-tiŋ How to pronounce besetting (audio)
bē-
: constantly present or attacking : obsessive

Example Sentences

that woman's besetting need to meddle in the affairs of others

Word History

First Known Use

1634, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of besetting was in 1634

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“Besetting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/besetting. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

besetting

adjective

be·​set·​ting
bi-ˈset-iŋ
: constantly present or attacking
a besetting danger

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