beleaguered

adjective be·lea·guered \ bi-ˈlē-gərd , bē- \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

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

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1644

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