besetting


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be·set·ting

 (bĭ-sĕt′ĭng)
adj.
Constantly troubling or attacking.

besetting

(bɪˈsɛtɪŋ)
adj
tempting, harassing, or assailing (esp in the phrase besetting sin)

be•set•ting

(bɪˈsɛt ɪŋ)

adj.
constantly assailing or obsessing: a besetting temptation.
[1540–50]
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besetting

[bɪˈsetɪŋ] ADJ [vice, failing] → grande
his besetting sinsu gran pecado

besetting

[bɪˈsɛtɪŋ] adj
his besetting sin → son vice, son grand défaut

besetting

adj his besetting sineine ständige Untugend von ihm; his one besetting worrydie Sorge, die ihn nicht loslässt

besetting

[bɪˈsɛtɪŋ] adj his besetting sinil suo più grande difetto
References in classic literature ?
These are the five besetting sins of a general, ruinous to the conduct of war.
If he had belonged to the present generation he would, under the circumstances, have fallen into one of the besetting sins of England in these days--the tendency (to borrow an illustration from the stage) to "strike an attitude" in the presence of a social emergency.
But then, Diana, even ministers are human and have their besetting sins just like everybody else.