One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Strongly infatuated.‘he became besotted with a local barmaid’
infatuated with, smitten with, in love with, love-struck by, head over heels in love with, hopelessly in love with, obsessed with, passionate about, consumed with desire for, devoted to, doting on, greatly enamoured of, very attracted to, very taken with, charmed by, captivated by, enchanted by, enthralled by, bewitched by, beguiled by, under someone's spell, hypnotized byView synonyms
- ‘He declared her ‘a stunner ‘, and within days they were besotted with each other.’’
- ‘However, at 21 he was forced to reject an offer of a place at drama school because he was ‘sort of engaged to a young lady, besotted with her.'’
- ‘She's very easy to love and I am besotted with her.’
- ‘He was clearly besotted with her, recalling in great detail two long and intimate conversations with her, and even admitting that he once kissed her goodnight.’
- ‘I signed up because I just wanted to be around real people that were besotted with writing as I am and to force myself to actually get some work done instead of dreaming about it.’
- ‘So why be so besotted with sporting failures and successes?’
- ‘In the pilot, Charlotte meets an aging movie star, who quickly becomes besotted with her as they explore the karaoke boxes and sushi bars of Japan.’
- ‘She was such a hit with everyone we met, but most particularly with my elderly grandparents, who were besotted with her.’
- ‘The restaurant chef and the student are so besotted with each other that it's almost sickening.’
- ‘The movie tells the story of two youngsters who are besotted with each other.’
- ‘Some of these servants of football are so besotted with the game that they devote more time to attending dull local committees.’
- ‘Ever since her childhood in York - she was an only child - she has been besotted with the uses of enchantment in fairy stories.’
- ‘And yet his emotion for Susan was genuine; he was besotted with her.’
- ‘She was an ‘intelligent woman’ who had become besotted with the man and was unable to deal with the flagging relationship, the court was told.’
- ‘A recital was given in the drawing room, then guests enjoyed Sunday lunch under the trees on the lawn and she became besotted with the idea of living in a country house herself.’
- ‘I am sure all three of you were besotted with quiz programmes and the ambition to be successful on a major television show.’
- ‘She had to live in a small apartment with a mother-in-law who was besotted with her son and loathed her as a rival, as well as living with a brilliant young husband who turned out to be self-obsessed and a drunk.’
- ‘Police are investigating whether the accused who allegedly had become besotted with Susan after meeting her at a caravan park, shot her before turning the gun on himself.’
- ‘But I'm in love with her, I'm just absolutely besotted with her, she is lovely.’
- ‘This was the speech of a prime minister besotted with emotion, image and presentation.’
2archaic Intoxicated; drunk.
intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlinView synonyms
- ‘I was speaking with Sebastian the undertaker, who we found besotted with wine in the mausoleum yesterday evening.’
- ‘The Alliance, now numbering 472 members, has been active in the furtherance of the objects of its formation, and has done much toward ridding the town of saloons and in stimulating many who had become besotted with drink to become sober and temperate men.’
- ‘He was so besotted with drink and drugs that his human qualities, if he ever possessed any, were completely in abeyance.’
- ‘After some time, the brigands landed at an island, where they became besotted with drink, and fell asleep.’
- ‘Thereupon taking larger cups he drank more recklessly than ever, and when at length he was heavy and besotted with wine, he ordered the son of his critic to proceed beyond the threshold and stand there with his left hand lifted above his head.’
Late 16th century: past participle of besot ‘make foolishly affectionate’, from be- ‘cause to be’ + sot.
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