[syn: encrust, incrust, beset]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Beset \Be*set"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beset; p. pr. & vb. n.
Besetting.] [AS. besettan (akin to OHG. bisazjan, G.
besetzen, D. bezetten); pref. be- + settan to set. See
1. To set or stud (anything) with ornaments or prominent
A robe of azure beset with drops of gold.
The garden is so beset with all manner of sweet
shrubs that it perfumes the air. --Evelyn.
2. To hem in; to waylay; to surround; to besiege; to
blockade. "Beset with foes." --Milton.
Let thy troops beset our gates. --Addison.
3. To set upon on all sides; to perplex; to harass; -- said
of dangers, obstacles, etc. "Adam, sore beset, replied."
--Milton. "Beset with ills." --Addison. "Incommodities
which beset old age." --Burke.
4. To occupy; to employ; to use up. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Syn: To surround; inclose; environ; hem in; besiege;
encircle; encompass; embarrass; urge; press.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his
staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female
co-workers" [syn: harass, hassle, harry, chivy,
chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest,
2: assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by
leopards" [syn: beset, set upon]
3: decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems) [syn: encrust,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
279 Moby Thesaurus words for "beset":
abashed, afflict, afflicted, aggravate, agitated, ail, annoy,
annoyed, anxious, apply pressure, assail, assault, attack, badger,
badgered, bait, baited, barred, be at, be the matter, bedevil,
bedeviled, beleaguer, beleaguered, besiege, besieged, blandish,
blockade, blockaded, bother, bothered, bound, box in, bristle,
brown off, bug, bugged, bullyrag, bullyragged, burn up, buttonhole,
cabined, cage, caged, cajole, cast down, chagrined, chamber,
chapfallen, chivied, chivy, circle, cloistered, close in,
closed-in, coax, compass, compel, complicate matters, concern,
confined, confused, contain, coop, coop in, coop up, cooped,
cordon, cordon off, cordoned, cordoned off, corral, corralled,
cramped, crawl with, creep with, cribbed, devil, deviled,
discomfited, discomforted, discommode, discompose, discomposed,
disconcerted, disquieted, distemper, distress, distressed, disturb,
disturbed, dog, dogged, drive, dun, embarrassed, encircle, enclose,
enclosed, encompass, enshrine, envelop, environ, exasperate,
exercise, exert pressure, fall, fash, fence in, fenced, fret,
fretted, gem, get, gird, girdle, grip, gripe, grubby, harass,
harassed, harried, harry, haunt, haunted, heckle, heckled, hector,
hectored, hedge in, hedged, hem, hem in, hemmed, hold, hound,
hounded, house in, hung up, hunt, ill at ease, immured, impel,
importune, impound, imprison, imprisoned, incarcerate,
incarcerated, include, inconvenience, inconvenienced, infatuate,
infest, infested, invade, invest, irk, irked, jail, jailed, jewel,
kennel, lay siege to, leaguer, leaguered, lousy, mew, mew up,
mewed, miff, molest, mortified, nag, nag at, needle, needled,
nettle, nipped at, not let go, nudzh, obsess, oppress,
out of countenance, overrun, overspread, overswarm, paled,
pedicular, pediculous, peeve, pen, pen in, penned, pent-up,
perplex, persecute, persecuted, perturb, perturbed, pester,
pestered, pick on, picked on, pique, plague, plagued,
pluck the beard, ply, pocket, possess, pother, preoccupy, press,
pressure, provoke, pursue, push, put out, put to it, put-out,
put-upon, puzzle, puzzled, quarantine, quarantined, ragged,
rail in, railed, ratty, ravage, ravaged, restrained, ride, rile,
ring, roil, ruffle, shrine, shut in, shut up, shut-in, soften up,
sore beset, stable, storm, strike, surround, swarm, swarm with,
tease, teased, teeming, torment, tormented, trouble, troubled,
try the patience, tweak the nose, uncomfortable, uneasy, upset,
urge, vex, vexed, victimize, wall in, walled, walled-in, wheedle,
work on, wormy, worried, worried sick, worried stiff, worry, wrap,
yard, yard up