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beset - vocabulary

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beset - verb

To attack on all sides, to assail, to harass, as in beset by financial difficulties; to surround or hem in, as in the little town beset on all sides with housing developments; to place or set upon, as in the ring beset with diamonds.

Note: Often used as a verbal adjective.

With such a goal in mind, the Iraqi government has budgeted more than $19 billion for public sector investment for 2008, but official spending is beset by corruption and sectarianism. U.S. military officers regularly complain that the education, health and water ministries bypass Sunni neighborhoods in west Baghdad.

—Ned Parker “Iraq Calmer, But More Divided” Los Angeles Times, December 10, 2007

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