besetting sin(redirected from besetting)
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besetting sina fault to which a person or institution is especially prone; a characteristic weakness.
The verb beset literally means ‘surround with hostile intent’, so the image is of a sin besieging or pressing in upon a person.
1974 Donal Scannell Mother Knew Best Mother said vanity was a besetting sin which Amy resented, to say the least of it.
See also: sin