embattled

adjective em·bat·tled \ im-ˈba-tᵊld \
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of embattled

1 a : 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
2 a : 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

  1. the embattled coach of a losing team

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First Known Use of embattled

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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EMBATTLED Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of embattled for English Language Learners

  • : engaged in battle or conflict : surrounded by enemies

  • : constantly criticized or attacked


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