verb (used with object)
- belaúnde terry, fernando,
Origin of beleaguer
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.”
Outgunned and beleaguered, he says, Iraqi army units in Anbar are beginning to collapse.
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|Pierre Vaux|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Josh Rogin|April 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Andrew Cohen|January 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Page 159: "beleagured" changed to "beleaguered" (had been beleaguered in Metz).The Franco-German War of 1870-71|Count Helmuth, von Moltke
Very shortly he was clear of the pickets, and turning once more to the left pushed forward for the beleaguered town of Kimberley.With Rifle and Bayonet|F.S. Brereton
Shells were thrown into the beleaguered town, and much injury was inflicted.The Blue and The Gray|A. R. White
While the British beleaguered Charleston, his native city, he commanded a company of troops, and was taken prisoner.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
They were beleaguered and yet not beleaguered; surrounded and yet not surrounded; imprisoned and still free.Wang the Ninth|Putnam Weale
Word Origin for beleaguer
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.