besot

besot

[bih-sot]
verb (used with object), besotted, besotting.
1.
to intoxicate or stupefy with drink.
2.
to make stupid or foolish: The stories had besotted her mind with fear and superstition.
3.
to infatuate; obsess: Youth and beauty have a tendency to besot middle-aged men; charm and tenderness does it for women of all ages.

Origin:
1575–85; be + sot

besottingly, adverb
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