besot

To besot is to make someone dazed or foolish. If television tends to besot you, it would be smart not to watch a lot of TV right before a big test at school.

The verb besot is much less common than the related adjective besotted, which means so infatuated with someone that it leaves you dizzy and a little bit silly. Both words have their roots in the Old English sott, "stupid person or fool." A parent may fill a birthday piƱata with toys instead of candy if they believe that sugar would just besot all the party guests.

Definitions of besot
1

v make dull or stupid or muddle with drunkenness or infatuation

Synonyms:
stupefy
Type of:
desensitise, desensitize
cause not to be sensitive

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