Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

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They are putty in the hands of the fears and forces that beset them from without.

Touring it through the Causses seemed, indeed, beset with difficulties.

He was beset on either side by the merciless fangs of his erstwhile comrades.

Such was his own experience that he was beset by the gravest doubts.

I have been so hunted and beset by this man, that I knew my only hope of safety lay in joining them.

He felt as if the Sicilian were beset by an imperious need to break a long reserve.

Possibly the suspicion, the fear that beset him was groundless.

She could not put into words the memories that beset her stricken consciousness.

All summer long that man has beset me to go to 'em, for he wouldn't go without me.

But in truth he is trying to get rid of the stumbling-blocks of thought which beset his contemporaries.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English besettan "to put, place; own, keep; occupy, settle; cover, surround with, besiege," from Proto-Germanic *bisatjan (cf. Old Saxon bisettjan, Dutch bezetten, Old High German bisezzan, German besetzen, Gothic bisatjan); see be- + set (v.). The figurative sense also was in Old English. Related: Beset (past tense); besetting.

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