besottedness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From besotted +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

besottedness (uncountable)

  1. The state or quality of being besotted, infatuation, intellectual or moral blindness
    • ... but she is so pure, so delicate, that when I approach her, in spite of my besottedness, my love grows lambent. — Elizabeth Stoddard, "The Morgesons", 1862
    • However he had marveled at the besottedness of a woman's devotion to a man so unworthy of any devotion at all, ... — John Williams, "Augustus", 1972