In the constant effort not to be betrayed into a new phase of the besetting sin
of his experience, the pursuit of selfish objects by low and small means, and to hold instead to some high principle of honour and generosity, there might have been a little merit.
His besetting sin
gained so fast upon him, however, that it was found impossible to employ him in the situations in which he really was useful to the theatre.
I know he couldn't love a Linton; and yet he'd be quite capable of marrying your fortune and expectations: avarice is growing with him a besetting sin
But I thought - I implore you to remember the narrow construction which has been my besetting sin
- that, in a case where there was so much disparity in point of years -'
One of the besetting sins
of the legal world today (as with the rest of the world) is the desire constantly to tinker with systems in order to achieve marginal improvements.