be·​lea·​guered bi-ˈlē-gərd How to pronounce beleaguered (audio)
: 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 America should defend the country’s beleaguered believers. David Curry, National Review, 24 Sep. 2023 In February, JPMorgan sent a delegation to Kyiv to brief Zelensky on options to stabilize Ukraine’s beleaguered economy and help the country access capital required to rebuild it. Matt Egan, CNN, 20 Sep. 2023 Others have joined forces with the beleaguered army to defend key cities. Alex De Waal, Foreign Affairs, 18 Sep. 2023 But their efforts were stymied by what many former agency officials described as a beleaguered over-the-counter division, which had 31 staff members in 2018. Christina Jewett, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 Boston’s beleaguered baseball boss seemed to care more about his coveted draft picks than the success of the major league team. Globe Staff,, 14 Sep. 2023 Amid this regulatory backdrop, beleaguered companies in the media and entertainment industry may again look to dealmaking. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2023 Arrayed against his Fatah ruling party is the Islamist outfit Hamas, which holds sway in the beleaguered Gaza Strip and maintains a constant militant threat against Israel. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 Tuesday’s catalyst appeared to be Saudi Arabia and Russia’s agreement to keep oil production cuts in place—and what that might mean for China’s beleaguered economy. WSJ, 11 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


from past participle of beleaguer

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beleaguered was in 1644

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“Beleaguered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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