obsidional

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin obsidionalis, from obsidio ‎(siege, blockade), from obsidere ‎(beset, besiege, hem in).

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  • IPA(key): /əbˈsɪdɪənəl/
  • Hyphenation: ob‧si‧di‧on‧al

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obsidional

  1. Pertaining to a siege.
    • 1846–1847, Henry Edward Napier, “Miscellaneous Chapter for the Fifteenth Century”, in Florentine History, from the Earliest Authentic Records to the Accession of Ferdinand the Third, Grand Duke of Tuscany. [...] In Six Volumes, volume IV, London: Edward Moxon, OCLC 70326326, page 3:
      Nor was this strong geographical position her [Florence's] only bulwark; the capital itself in those unskilful days of obsidional tactics was deemed impregnable except through famine.

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