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- n. The state of being beset.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of besetting, or the state of being beset; also, that which besets one, as a sin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or condition of being beset.
- n. The sin or failing to which one is most liable; a besetting sin or tendency.
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The man's abiding obsession -- if we may call his besetment thus -- changed in practically all essential regards the manners and the practices of his daily life.
In the mean time the wind had been driving the ice so fast off the land as to form for us a clear communication with the open water before seen to the eastward; and thus we were at length liberated from our confinement, after a close and tedious "besetment" of twenty-four days.
"besetment," for, in fact, it was now nothing more.
-- This morning I felt great power in prayer, and an ardent desire for full deliverance from every besetment.
He wrote to a friend, the author of "Edge Hill," in Richmond, that he had quite overcome "the seductive and dangerous besetment" by which he had so often been prostrated, and to another friend that, incredible as it might seem, he had become a "model of temperance," and of "other virtues," which it had sometimes been difficult for him to practice.
On one occasion, when this had been the case, he retired to a secluded spot, under a hedge, where, with many tears, he poured forth his prayers for deliverance from this besetment.
He made every effort to shake off this new besetment, this fresh assault upon the tranquility he had attained.
It is a strong enclosure, an invincible ring, a grand besetment within which we move in restful security.
Such is the idea of “besetment” which lies in this familiar word “rock.”
When the foes are all about him, and his besetment appears to be perilous, in the very midst of it all he sits down to feast with God.