embattled

[em-bat-ld]

adjective

disposed or prepared for battle.
engaged in or beset by conflict or struggle.

Origin of embattled

1350–1400; Middle English; see embattle1, -ed2; def. 2 probably by association with the general sense “restrict, enclose” of many verbs formed with em-1, en-1
Related formsun·em·bat·tled, adjective

embattle

1
[em-bat-l]

verb (used with object), em·bat·tled, em·bat·tling.

to arrange in order of battle; prepare for battle; arm.
to fortify (a town, camp, etc.).

Origin of embattle

1
1350–1400; Middle English embatailen < Middle French embataillier. See em-1, battle1

embattle

2
[em-bat-l]

verb (used with object), em·bat·tled, em·bat·tling.

to furnish with battlements.

Origin of embattle

2
First recorded in 1350–1400, embattle is from the Middle English word embatailen. See em-1, battle2
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beset, fortified, fighting, prepared, crenelated

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British Dictionary definitions for embattled

embattled

adjective

prepared for or engaged in conflict, controversy, or battle
heraldry having an indented edge resembling battlements

embattle

verb (tr)

to deploy (troops) for battle
to strengthen or fortify (a position, town, etc)
to provide (a building) with battlements

Word Origin for embattle

C14: from Old French embataillier; see en- 1, battle
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Word Origin and History for embattled
adj.

"under attack," by 1882; earlier it meant "prepared to fight," and (of structures) "fitted with battlements;" past participle adjective from embattle (v.).

embattle

v.

late 14c., "prepare for a fight," from Old French embataillier "to prepare for battle," from en- (see en- (1)) + bataille (see battle (n.)). Related: Embattled; embattling. Originally of armies; of individuals as well since 1590s (first attested in Spenser).

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