- disposed or prepared for battle.
- engaged in or beset by conflict or struggle.
Origin of embattled
- to arrange in order of battle; prepare for battle; arm.
- to fortify (a town, camp, etc.).
Origin of embattle1
- to furnish with battlements.
Origin of embattle2
Examples from the Web for embattled
In this nervous city in an embattled country, even small explosions can have a big impact.Is Putin Turning to Terrorism in Ukraine?
January 6, 2015
When I tried to get to the embattled city on Tuesday evening, I faced repeated warnings not to try it.The Radicals Who Slaughtered a Synagogue
November 19, 2014
It is a valiant, encyclopedic attempt of a star jurist to give voice(s) to an embattled philosophical position.All The Wrong Reasons to Ban Gay Unions
November 7, 2014
He has a new book [Embattled Rebel] about Jefferson Davis as a commander in chief.What Lincoln Could Teach Fox News
November 6, 2014
In Illinois, embattled Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn lost his bid for re-election against Bruce Rauner.GOP Shocks Democrats in Governor Races
November 5, 2014
This is what I likened to an embattled phalanx, once before.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Embattled in the last corner of the world that was left to him.The Street That Wasn't There
Clifford Donald Simak
The printer's boy had faced the embattled oligarchy, and had won.The Tribune of Nova Scotia
W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
It is surmounted with an embattled parapet with a turret at each angle.Exeter
They are the eyes and ears of the encamped or embattled host.
- prepared for or engaged in conflict, controversy, or battle
- heraldry having an indented edge resembling battlements
- to deploy (troops) for battle
- to strengthen or fortify (a position, town, etc)
- to provide (a building) with battlements
Word Origin and History for embattled
"under attack," by 1882; earlier it meant "prepared to fight," and (of structures) "fitted with battlements;" past participle adjective from embattle (v.).