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
assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards"
decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
v assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards"
v annoy continually or chronically
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goad or provoke,as by constant criticism
bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment
harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
drive up the wall; go on someone's nerves
make ineffective or powerless
badger, beleaguer, bug, pester, tease
cause to suffer