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

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After two months as interim executive director of a beleaguered BJCTA, Frank Martin has implemented changes that just might inspired you to ride the bus one day. Roy S. Johnson |,, "Johnson: Restoration of public transit to residents means those who most need the bus can finally ride one," 9 June 2019 But at 3-3 in the eighth inning — the score tied earlier by Josh Reddick's solo and Tony Kemp's two-run homers in the fifth — Hinch had to trust whichever beleaguered reliever or fresh call-up trotted in. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros earn walkoff win over Orioles in 11 innings," 8 June 2019 McDermott said, referring to the author who created beleaguered seventh-grader Greg Heffley, star of 13 Wimpy Kid books, with a 14th due in November, and four movies. Maria L. La Ganga,, "What's L.A. reading? Our habits are as diverse as the city itself," 6 June 2019 Officials say the clashes began overnight and continued into Monday, leaving fires burning on the main front lines in the city’s east and south, while exchanges of artillery fire shook the beleaguered city. Ahmed Al-haj, The Seattle Times, "Clashes break out in Yemen’s key port city, killing 8," 25 Mar. 2019 Benson has been all over the Disney kingdom, voicing Barbie in two Toy Story movies, playing beleaguered secretary Sam in Enchanted, and even reprising her role as Ariel for the aforementioned Ralph Breaks the Internet. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Voice Actress Jodi Benson on Being Ariel and Three Decades of Feminist Princesses," 27 Feb. 2019 But the disastrous outcome will be welcomed by beleaguered food chiefs. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "What Kraft Heinz’s Mess Means for Rivals and Investors," 22 Feb. 2019 The president should under no circumstance fire this beleaguered bureaucrat. Fox News, "Sen. Graham: Allegations against Kavanaugh are collapsing," 24 Sep. 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Mayor Tom Barrett has namedJeanette Kowalik as his pick to head the beleaguered Health Department. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated a new Health Department commissioner. Here are the problems facing the agency," 12 July 2018

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1644, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beleaguered was in 1644

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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