View synonyms for besieged


[ bih-seejd ]


  1. (of a fortified place) under siege; surrounded by enemy forces and cut off from help or supplies:

    The security forces downplayed the situation, claiming that local authorities were still in full control of the besieged city.

  2. surrounded by crowds:

    He was charged with inciting to "mass disturbance" the more than 1,000 people who congregated close to the besieged police station.

  3. assailed or inundated with requests or demands:

    Apart from the hero, every man in this movie is a rustic bigot, and every woman a besieged housewife.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of besiege.

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  • un·be·sieged adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of besieged1

First recorded in 1425–75; besiege ( def ) + -ed 2( def ) for the adjective senses; besiege ( def ) + -ed 1( def ) for the verb sense

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Example Sentences

President Grant called in the military to defend the US Capitol, but it was not ultimately besieged.

From Vox

Travelers returning from virus-besieged cruise ships were escalating demands for rapid test results in Atlanta.

For a nation ravaged by the pandemic, this week marks a pivotal moment — the final push by federal regulators to clear the first experimental coronavirus vaccine for a besieged populace.

In the next hour, the besieged and their friends would be violently evicted with no graphic evidence left other than that taken by the police.

The company, reeling from the hit to air travel from the coronavirus pandemic, is trying to get its besieged 737 Max plane back into the air after two fatal crashes saw it grounded around the world.

From Fortune

There was Carol White, a ho-hum homemaker who finds herself besieged by multiple chemical sensitivity in Safe.

The people in charge of the convoys distributed the hejab to the besieged women along with the cartons of food.

I remember the days of the Bosnian war (1992—1995), when Saudi Arabia sent convoys of aid to those besieged in Sarajevo.

And late Friday night there were more strikes on outlying areas of the besieged city now mostly empty of civilians.

During the ensuing years, Mandelbaum was besieged by a series of illnesses.

When a besieged city suspects a mine, do not the inhabitants dig underground, and meet their enemy at his work?

As the siege progressed besiegers and besieged actually came to know each other by sight.

A vigorous attack was met by a spirited defence, the besieged frequently sallying and fighting at the outworks.

Prince of Conde, at the head of 2000 cavalry, threw himself into Cambray, then besieged by marshal Turenne.

Our dragoman kept at bay all the clamouring crowd of porters, guides and nondescripts of all colours and races that besieged us.


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