beset

Beset means to attack from all sides––an invading army will beset a castle, or you might find yourself beset by a devastating storm.

Beset also has a very different meaning: to decorate or encrust with jewels or other ornamentation. If you are attending a ball, you may choose a gown that is beset with silver sequins, just be careful that you don't end up looking like a giant disco ball.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: beset

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v
assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards"
2
v
decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: beset
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v assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards"

Synonyms:
set upon
Type of:
assail, assault, attack, set on
attack someone physically or emotionally

v annoy continually or chronically

Synonyms:
chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
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goad, needle
goad or provoke,as by constant criticism
bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment
treat cruelly
haze
harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
madden
drive up the wall; go on someone's nerves
hamstring
make ineffective or powerless
badger, beleaguer, bug, pester, tease
annoy persistently
oppress, persecute
cause to suffer
Type of:
annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
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v decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)

Synonyms:
encrust, incrust
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
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