umbeset (umbesets, present participle umbesetting; past umbeset, past participle umbeset)

  1. (obsolete or dialectal, chiefly, Scotland) To block, obstruct; act detrimentally toward.
    • 1922, J. Maitland Thomson, The Public Records of Scotland, Maclehose, Jackson and co., page 48 ↗:
      […] , and pressing to have bereft them of their lives by umbesetting of the high gates to that effect at divers times of before, […]
    • 1972 (originally 1901), William Baird, General Wauchope, Books for Libraries Press, page 16 ↗:
      […] that king on one occasion, April 1535, having to grant a letter of protection in favour of him ‘and his wife and bairns’ against Sir Patrick Hepburn of Wauchtonne and thirty-four others for ‘umbesetting the highway for his slaughter.’
  2. (obsolete or dialectal, chiefly, Scotland) To overwhelm; cover completely.
    • 1885, John Humberger, The Conquest and Triumph of Divine Wisdom and Love in Predestination, J. L. Traiger, unmarked page ↗:
      The Opponents Umbeset with Trickery.
    • 1952, Walter Milton, The Goad of Love, Faber & Faber, page 201 ↗:
      But soothly, of sithes the more I am umbeset with anguish of heart, and destitute of all men’s comfort, the more favourable and godly I find her to me.
    • 1971, Richard Rolle, The Fire of Love, CCEL, page 164 ↗:
      Certainly a good soul umbeset with many diseases, and noyed with the heat of temptation, can not feel the sweetness of God’s love as it is in itself;
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