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besotted

[bih-sot-id] /bɪˈsɒt ɪd/
adjective
1.
intoxicated; drunk:
We found him besotted with wine.
2.
infatuated or obsessed: a besotted mom and her new baby;
They had one date and he was utterly besotted.
Origin of besotted
besot + -ed2
Related forms
besottedly, adverb
besottedness, noun

besot

[bih-sot] /bɪˈsɒt/
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
Related forms
besottingly, adverb
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  • Towards evening they succeeded in bringing the besotted Prince to sign the sentence.

  • Of all its sorrows and failures, its frantic follies and its besotted sins.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Are the English mad, demented, or besotted, that they suppose we intend to endure such deliberate aid of our enemies?

  • He was so besotted by the demon that life could henceforth be only a misery to him, and a stumbling-block to her.

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  • At the bottom of the Abyss they are feeble, besotted, and imbecile.

British Dictionary definitions for besotted

besotted

/bɪˈsɒtɪd/
adjective
1.
stupefied with drink; intoxicated
2.
infatuated; doting
3.
foolish; muddled
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Word Origin and History for besotted
adj.

past participle adjective from besot.

besot

v.

"affect with a foolish manifestation," 1570s, from be- + sot. Related: Besotted; besotting.

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