verb (used with object), be·sot·ted, be·sot·ting.

  1. to intoxicate or stupefy with drink.
  2. to make stupid or foolish: The stories had besotted her mind with fear and superstition.
  3. to infatuate; obsess: Youth and beauty have a tendency to besot middle-aged men; charm and tenderness does it for women of all ages.

“affect with a foolish manifestation,” 1570s, from be- + sot. Related: Besotted; besotting.

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