The besetting problem I have with it to this day, is do people want to know this?
In the besetting fear that he was leaving Di to face something alone, Bobby had arrived.
For all the agitation that must have been besetting him, his manner was serene as ever.
Now Beatrice, well as she knew Dante's propensity to love, knew as well that pride was even more of a besetting weakness of his.
For the besetting irresoluteness of the Gumthorpes is consuming him.
How well Miss Preston was aware of their besetting sins, and how shrewdly did she use them to their undoing.
But if a quick temper was Roger's besetting sin, pig-headedness was Ernest's.
As if I did not know that curiosity is my besetting sin, without being reminded of it in that brutal way!
Like the State, dignity is Mrs. Swiggs' weakness—her besetting sin.
Alcala had been brought up in aristocratic seclusiveness, and his besetting sin was pride.
Old English besettan "to put, place; own, keep; occupy, settle; cover, surround with, besiege," from Proto-Germanic *bisatjan (cf. Old Saxon bisettjan, Dutch bezetten, Old High German bisezzan, German besetzen, Gothic bisatjan); see be- + set (v.). The figurative sense also was in Old English. Related: Beset (past tense); besetting.