- to surround with military forces.
- to surround or beset, as with troubles.
Origin of beleaguer
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Examples from the Web for beleaguered
Lohse and his beleaguered fellow pledges were, he claims, forced to chug vinegar and to dine on the dreaded “vomlet.”An Ivy League Frat Boy’s Shallow Repentance
November 24, 2014
Outgunned and beleaguered, he says, Iraqi army units in Anbar are beginning to collapse.Iraqis Swear: Baghdad Airport is Safe From ISIS
October 13, 2014
Having finally re-joined the main body of the Ukrainian forces, the beleaguered defenders of Sector D were evacuated.Ukrainian Troops Retreat From Russian Border, Leaving 100 Kilometers Open to Invasion
August 12, 2014
Taken together, it gives them a huge tactical advantage over the beleaguered Ukrainian armed forces.Germany Helped Prep Russia for War, U.S. Sources Say
April 22, 2014
And here is where the beleaguered administration may catch a break from this hostile court.Obama Will Lose Recess Appointment Case, but Will Other Presidents Lose Their Power?
January 14, 2014
Then first, not when alone in the beleaguered city, he knew desolation.Heather and Snow
Thus the sun set on Rome beleaguered, the barbarians outside the City.Theodoric the Goth
In 1279 the last stronghold of the Sungs was beleaguered by land and sea.The Civilization Of China
Herbert A. Giles
His impression that first afternoon had been true—she was beleaguered, if not lost.The Tyranny of the Dark
Not a man of them was known to any member of the beleaguered garrison.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
- to trouble persistently; harass
- to lay siege to
Word Origin and History for beleaguered
1580s, from Dutch or Low German belegeren "to besiege," from be- "around" (see be-) + legeren "to camp," from leger "bed, camp, army, lair," from Proto-Germanic *leg-raz-, from PIE *legh-to- "lie" (see lie (v.2)). A word from the Flemish Wars (cf. Swedish belägra, Dutch belegeren "besiege," German Belagerung "siege"). Spelling influenced by league. Related: Beleaguered; beleaguering.