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.

Definitions of beset
  1. verb
    assail or attack on all sides
    synonyms: set upon
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    assail, assault, attack, set on
    attack someone physically or emotionally
  2. verb
    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; get 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
  3. verb
    decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
    synonyms: encrust, incrust
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    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
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