V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to trouble, bother, or harass; 2. to assail, attack, or surround; 3. to set with something such as jewels
Synonyms: assail, harass, plague, trouble, attack, surround, set, stud, encircle
Antonyms: aid, defend, help
Tips: Beset is used most often in literary or formal settings. It is a more sophisticated way of saying "to attack or harass" and is usually used in the past tense. Oddly, beset also denotes setting jewels in rings or other jewelry.
The small community has been beset by a number of hardships in the past few years. (plagued, troubled)
Always a lavish giver, the husband presented his wife with a gold watch beset with rubies. (set, surrounded, encircled)
The track and field superstar was beset with rumors of drug abuse. (harassed, troubled)
The island country's once-thriving tourism industry was beset with hard times following the devastating hurricane. (plagued, troubled)
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