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.

Usage Examples:

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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