Usage examples for Besetting

  1. One of the besetting sins of his time was the habitual concealment of our better selves- upon the whole, a far less dangerous national error than the habitual advertisement of our better selves, which has become the practice, public and privately, of society in this age. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  2. Even her besetting sin of " false pride" she indulged not on her own account, but because she, who could be humble enough for herself, could not bear to associate the virtue of humility with either her husband or her daughter. – Virginia by Ellen Glasgow
  3. And forgetful of the dangers besetting him, and in the despair of his rage and grief, the captain jumped from the balcony into the midst of the crowd in the court- yard. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach