Word of the DaySaturday, May 05, 2012
\bih-SOT\ , verb;
To intoxicate or stupefy with drink.
To make stupid or foolish: a mind besotted with fear and superstition.
We mustn't besot ourselves with big words like independence and sovereignty. We must begin with small concrete tasks.
-- Piotr Rawicz and Peter Wiles, Blood from the Sky
He tried to appear as besot with her as he was with her father's power and money.
-- Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson, A Hope Beyond
The prefix be was used in Middle English to denote verbs, as in the contemporary words become and befriend. The word sot referred to an alcoholic.
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