beset


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Synonyms for beset

Synonyms for beset

Synonyms for beset

assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards"

decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)

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The stream Besets a grim array where order reigns, Though many hearts may beat, where discipline Is all, and life of no account.
In vain may the most vigilant and cruel savages beset his path; in vain may rocks and precipices and wintry torrents oppose his progress; let but a single track of a beaver meet his eye, and he forgets all dangers and defies all difficulties.
Rather let us say that it be so late in the day, and the way so beset with dangers that the Earl of Buckingham could not bring himself to expose the beautiful daughter of his old friend to the perils of the road, and so--"
It added one more to the difficulties which beset the inquiry after the lost money.
     From bad thoughts that beset him,
To accomplish this I was compelled to avoid looking up old friends, for as ever the adventure-path was beset with John Barleycorn.
Now, when the die was cast, he was beset with doubts of his own wisdom.
He may reform," said poor Anne, beset by foe without and traitor within.
The millions of spectators which had beset the peninsula of Florida, would they not rush to meet these sublime adventurers?
I am not so beset with visitors but that I can readily spare a few minutes to the few that do favour me with their company.
The way through which our hunters were to pass in pursuit of their game was so beset with briars, that it greatly obstructed their walk, and caused besides such a rustling, that Jones had sufficient warning of their arrival before they could surprize him; nay, indeed, so incapable was Thwackum of concealing his indignation, and such vengeance did he mutter forth every step he took, that this alone must have abundantly satisfied Jones that he was (to use the language of sportsmen) found sitting.
Of these, one was Barnaby himself, who slept, or, to avoid being beset with questions, feigned to sleep, in the chimney-corner; the other, Hugh, who, sleeping too, lay stretched upon the bench on the opposite side, in the full glare of the blazing fire.
You will probably keep a larger house, have many matters to arrange, and be beset by numbers of correspondents.
Beyond that, it's beset by infighting, resignations of prominent board members and the belated appointment in October of someone to run the program.
Analysis of DNA from families whose women have been beset by uterine growths reveals a mutation that can predispose women to these so-called fibroids.