beleaguered

adjective
be·​lea·​guered | \ bi-ˈlē-gərd How to pronounce beleaguered (audio) , bē- \

Definition of beleaguered

: suffering or being subjected to constant or repeated trouble or harassment an economically beleaguered city With its life-support system cut off, the beleaguered college has embarked on a tortuous campaign to keep going.— Lucinda Harper … as he evolved from conformist to opportunist to reformer to revolutionary to beleaguered leader.— Philip Taubman

Examples of beleaguered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The United States is suspending 25% import taxes on Ukraine’s steel in a show of support for the country’s beleaguered economy during the Russian invasion. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 His vow to rejuvenate a beleaguered economy and labor market has been hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic. New York Times, 31 Oct. 2021 The big diamond is good news for Botswana’s beleaguered economy which has experienced a significant downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2021 The rise was initially blamed by some experts on domestic tourism, which many had hoped would help save the beleaguered economy at a time when foreign visitors are not permitted. CNN, 4 May 2021 The South American country's beleaguered economy and the coronavirus pandemic are pushing millions to despair. Star Tribune, 3 Feb. 2021 Jones, considered a possible contender to run against beleaguered Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, concurred with the need for unity. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, 10 Jan. 2021 The leaders of the European Union’s three most influential countries arrived in Ukraine in one of the biggest displays of support for the beleaguered nation after four months of Russian assault. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 The violent armed gangs that control much of Haiti are using social media to expand their reach and tighten their grip on the beleaguered Caribbean nation. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 11 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of beleaguered

1644, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beleaguered

from past participle of beleaguer

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4 Jul 2022

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“Beleaguered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beleaguered. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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