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Verb: beset (beset,besetting)  bi'set
  1. Annoy or hinder continually or in many ways
    "This man besets his female co-workers"; "the recommendations are beset with environmental hurdles"; "The King was beset by grief";
    - harass, hassle [informal], harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy [non-standard], plague, molest, provoke
  2. Assail or attack on all sides
    "the ship was beset by pirates";
    - set upon
  3. Decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
    - encrust, incrust

Derived forms: besetting, besets, beset

Type of: adorn, annoy, assail, assault, attack, beautify, bother, chafe, decorate, devil, embellish, get at [informal], get to, grace, gravel [US], irritate, nark [Brit, slang], nettle, ornament, rag, rile, roil [N. Amer], set on, tick off [informal], vex

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