Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Constantly troubling or attacking.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Habitually attacking or waylaying.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Habitually attacking, harassing, or pressing upon or about.

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  • verb Present participle of beset.

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Examples

  • I know men who spend forty years fighting what they call their besetting sin, and on which they waste strength enough to evangelize the world.

    Days of Heaven Upon Earth

  • One little weakness, we are apt to fancy, all men must be allowed, and we even claim a certain indulgence for that apparent necessity of nature which we call our besetting sin.

    Beautiful Thoughts

  • One little weakness, we are apt to fancy, all men must be allowed, and we even claim a certain indulgence for that apparent necessity of nature which we call our besetting sin.

    Natural Law in the Spiritual World

  • This sort of contempt for eminences, or rather dread of the labor of ascending them, might have been termed the besetting weakness of the warfare of the period.

    The Last of the Mohicans

  • This sort of contempt for eminences, or rather dread of the labor of ascending them, might have been termed the besetting weakness of the warfare of the period.

    The Last of the Mohicans A Narrative of 1757

  • This sort of contempt for eminences, or rather dread of the labor of ascending them, might have been termed the besetting weakness of the warfare of the period.

    The Last of the Mohicans; A narrative of 1757

  • One becomes convinced that he never suffered any morbid, soul-shaking experience such as besetting religious doubt brings with it, or the pangs of despised love; that on the contrary he moved among men and women with a serene and godlike tread, neither self-indulgent nor ascetic, with mind and senses ever alert to every form of beauty.

    Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works

  • As in the case of every well-defined philosophy, this motive is always attended by a "besetting" problem.

    The Approach to Philosophy

  • This may well be a kind of besetting sin -- a sin that has plagued him since his youth and one that has never lessened its pull on him.

    Challies Dot Com

  • This may well be a kind of besetting sin -- a sin that has plagued him since his youth and one that has never lessened its pull on him.

    Challies Dot Com

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  • (adj): Constantly troubling or attacking.

    March 16, 2009