besot (v.) "affect with a foolish manifestation," 1570s, from BE- (Cf. be-) + SOT (Cf. sot). Related: Besotted; besotting.

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  • Besot — Be*sot , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Besotted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Besotting}.] To make sottish; to make dull or stupid; to stupefy; to infatuate. [1913 Webster] Fools besotted with their crimes. Hudibras. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • besot — [bē sät′, bisät′] vt. besotted, besotting 1. to make a sot of; stupefy or confuse, as with alcoholic drink 2. to make silly or foolish besotted adj …   English World dictionary

  • besot — transitive verb (besotted; besotting) Etymology: be + sot (to stultify) Date: 1567 1. infatuate 2 2. to make dull or stupid; especially to muddle with drunkenness • besottedly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • besot — besottedly, adv. besottedness, n. besottingly, adv. /bi sot /, v.t., besotted, besotting. 1. to intoxicate or stupefy with drink. 2. to make stupid or foolish: a mind besotted with fear and superstition. 3. to infatuate; obsess: He is besotted by …   Universalium

  • besot — verb To muddle or stupefy, as with alcoholic liquor or infatuation …   Wiktionary

  • besot — Synonyms and related words: KO, addle, anesthetize, bedaze, befuddle, bemuse, benumb, blunt, chloroform, coldcock, deaden, desensitize, dope, drug, dull, etherize, freeze, inebriate, intoxicate, kayo, knock out, knock senseless, knock stiff,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • besot — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To muddle or stupefy with or as if with alcoholic drink: befuddle, fuddle. See DRUGS …   English dictionary for students

  • besot — v. make stupid, bewilder; intoxicate with drink …   English contemporary dictionary

  • besot — v. a. 1. Intoxicate, steep, drench, soak. 2. Stupefy, make sottish; make foolish or stupid. 3. Infatuate, stultify, befool, intoxicate, delude …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • besot — v intoxicate, inebriate, stupefy. See befuddle …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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