Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being besotted, infatuation, intellectual or moral blindness

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being besotted; stupidity; arrant folly; infatuation.

Etymologies

From besotted +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He tramped, begged and stole, lied or threatened as the case might warrant, and drank to besottedness whenever he got the chance.

    THE HOBO AND THE FAIRY

  • I once went on a music course at Guidlhall, I was doing my Blues and soul keyboards and something I noticed was the was the endearing self besottedness of singers.

    Blog Standard Office

  • The already published literature of the Clinton administration reveals a certain besottedness on the part of many of these aides with the perks of the presidency which have them, not just the president, riding around in chauffeured cars and being able to summon up all sorts of special privileges at a moment's notice.

    'The White House Wants'

  • It was in the matter of some tax-titles which the magnate had acquired, and, in court, Joe treated the case with such horrifying simplicity that it seemed almost credible that the great man had counted upon the ignorance and besottedness of Joe's client -- a hard-drinking, disreputable old farmer -- to get his land away from him without paying for it.

    The Conquest of Canaan

  • Italians, lovers of freedom and unrestraint, were the first to fill the world with tales about the moral besottedness of Luther!

    Luther Examined and Reexamined A Review of Catholic Criticism and a Plea for Revaluation

  • I did warn him freely, but he was stout in his besottedness.

    The Black Arrow

  • As for Ed, within his circle of jocks, the boys are baffled by his besottedness with Min, while the girls are alternately irritated and tolerant.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The noisiest outcry came from a vet, which was only to be expected, British besottedness with dogs being his meal ticket.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • It's significant-both as characterization for Michelle and Ronald and as a barometer of Leonard's degree of besottedness-that the destination is "the opera," a generic evocation of some vaguely more cultured world that they think they inhabit and that Leonard aspires to.

    News

  • I remember my babysitter’s besottedness with Elvis Presley whereas I would guess that a child today might have no clue who he was.

    Thoughts on Newbery: Retrospective Voice « educating alice

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