em·​bat·​tled | \ im-ˈba-tᵊld How to pronounce embattled (audio) \

Definition of embattled

1a : ready to fight : prepared to give battle here once the embattled farmers stood— R. W. Emerson
b : engaged in battle, conflict, or controversy an embattled official accused of extortion
2a : being a site of battle, conflict, or controversy the embattled capital
b : characterized by conflict or controversy an embattled presidency

Examples of embattled in a Sentence

the embattled coach of a losing team
Recent Examples on the Web The embattled Uvalde school police chief who led the flawed law enforcement response spoke exclusively to CNN yesterday after remaining out of the public eye for a week but declined to answer substantive questions about the massacre. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 2 June 2022 An embattled Netflix has released Ricky Gervais’ transphobic, defiantly anti-‘woke’ special. Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2022 The exoneration could provide a boost for the embattled district attorney, who is under heavy criticism from inside and outside his office over his policies aimed at reducing mass incarceration. Libor Janystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 The embattled firebrand of a U.S. Representative did well on his home turf in north Alabama, winning in Madison and Limestone counties - each in the Huntsville metro area - as well as in neighboring Morgan County. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 25 May 2022 The embattled clerk is facing multiple investigations, including 10 felony and misdemeanor counts from a grand jury indictment, stemming from allegations of election equipment security breach and campaign finance violations. BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2022 The embattled online mortgage company Better.com disclosed a third round of job cuts in April, bringing its layoff total to roughly 5,000 since late last year, according to Fast Company. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 5 May 2022 Another turning point in the war may be imminent in the embattled port city of Mariupol. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 The embattled utility has been responsible for some of the deadliest, most destructive fires in recent history. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of embattled

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Embattled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embattled. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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