beleaguered

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Etymology[edit]

From beleaguer +‎ -ed.

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Adjective[edit]

beleaguered (comparative more beleaguered, superlative most beleaguered)

  1. Besieged; surrounded by enemy troops.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 220:
      4,500 British and Indian troops and twelve thousand camp-followers, including some three dozen British wives, children and nannies, found themselves beleaguered in what Kaye described as little better than ‘sheep-folds on the plain’.
    a beleaguered stronghold
    a beleaguered town
  2. Beset by trouble or difficulty.
    • 2012 May 5, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool”, BBC Sport:
      Chelsea were coping comfortably as Liverpool left Luis Suarez too isolated. Steven Gerrard was also being forced to drop too deep to offer support to the beleaguered Jay Spearing and Jordan Henderson rather than add attacking potency alongside the Uruguayan.
    a beleaguered ego
    a beleaguered identity
    a beleaguered real estate market

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beleaguered

  1. simple past tense and past participle of beleaguer