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[bez-uh nt, buh-zant] /ˈbɛz ənt, bəˈzænt/


[bez-uh nt for 1; buh-zant, older use bez-uh nt for 2] /ˈbɛz ənt for 1; bəˈzænt, older use ˈbɛz ənt for 2/
Annie (Wood) 1847–1933, English theosophist.
Sir Walter, 1836–1901, English novelist. Unabridged
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  • My regret is greater as I know Mrs. besant's devotion to any course she believes to be true.

    Annie Besant Annie Besant
  • At this point we think it well to part company with Mrs. besant.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • Charles Darwin in one of his works relates a fact, which Mrs. besant has quoted, in illustration of this.

    Reincarnation Th. Pascal
  • After a few minutes' conversation he made way for Mrs. besant.

    Prisoner for Blasphemy G. W. [George William] Foote
  • Yet Mrs. besant asks us to believe that They returned when she was elected President in 1907, and even nominated her!

    H. P. Blavatsky Alice Leighton Cleather
  • Vide Mrs. besant in the Theosophist, March, 1922; and also post p. 68.

    H. P. Blavatsky Alice Leighton Cleather
  • An intelligence calling itself "Madame Blavatsky" controlled the medium, and Mrs. besant held a conversation with it.

    H. P. Blavatsky Alice Leighton Cleather
  • Mrs. besant coolly deleted all these without a word of explanation!

    H. P. Blavatsky Alice Leighton Cleather
  • Mrs. besant lunched with us, and I heard her last evening for the second time.

  • In 1792 the only mail-coaches on the road were those supplied by besant.

British Dictionary definitions for besant


/ˈbɛzənt; bɪˈzænt/
Annie, née Wood. 1847–1933, British theosophist, writer, and political reformer in England and India
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