besetting besetting  /bɪ ˈsɛ tɪŋ/


  1. (v) assail or attack on all sides:
  2. (v) annoy continually or chronically
  3. (v) decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)


  1. IN the penultimate week before the opening of the Democratic Convention, Hubert Humphrey was glancing ahead, behind and sideways at the dangers besetting him.
  2. Other aides said Bush will strike an optimstic, upbeat tone despite all the crises besetting him.
  3. Consider any of the major problems besetting Germany today and in every case the east is where the problems either originate, or where they are the most pronounced.


  • 'Alternative to Pride Parade' annouced

    06.28.13 - 1:15 pm | Marke B. | In the wake of all the kerfuffles besetting Pride this year -- from the Pride Board's egregiously mismanaged reaction to the election of Bradley Manning as a community grand marshal (his supporters have plans of their own ), to the recent announcement that military recruiters would be descending upon the celebration in earnest, and, well, just the continued ...
    on June 29, 2013     Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian


  1. "These appalling assaults on members of our own State Department family are, sadly, part of a growing tragedy besetting many communities in Mexico," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement Sunday night. "They underscore the...
    on Mar 16, 2010 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: CNN

  2. In an interview with political website, published on Wednesday, justice minister Ms Eagle said: "A lot of the travails that are supposedly besetting the Labour Government are certainly not the things people raise with me when I am out...
    on Dec 25, 2007 By: Maria Eagle Source: This is Nottingham

  3. "I am a little anxious, a little eager to solve the problems that are besetting our countrymen," Aquino told reporters in his first public remarks shortly after the proclamation. "I can't say [I feel] totally joy at this time."
    on Jun 9, 2010 By: Benigno Aquino III Source: Taipei Times

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