embattled

adjective
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

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The embattled game retailer took the unusual step of canceling its quarterly dividend as part of its fiscal first-quarter report late Tuesday. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "GameStop Reboot Faces Long Odds," 5 June 2019 The embattled company on Monday announced the launch of a new marketing campaign, called 'Re-established,' designed to improve its trustworthiness in the eyes of customers. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Good news on the economy may not be a result of GOP tax cuts," 8 May 2018 The House has approved three bills aimed at stepping up U.S. pressure against the government of Venezuela’s embattled president, Nicolas Maduro. Luis Alonso Lugo, The Seattle Times, "House passes bills meant to pressure Venezuela’s Maduro," 26 Mar. 2019 Voters cast 311,000 ballots in the close contest between the embattled governor and a conservative lightning rod. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Kobach holds 121-vote lead over Colyer in Kansas Republican gubernatorial primary, officials say," 9 Aug. 2018 Baker, one of Roe's top lieutenants, was registered to lobby in the Capitol for the embattled governor. Tessa Weinberg And Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Greitens, Parson blocked people on social media. Parson says he’s stopping now," 14 June 2018 The most visible sign of Greitens' impact on the race thus far has been in millions of dollars' worth of advertising in Missouri by national Democrats' Senate Majority PAC, linking Hawley to the embattled governor. Rebecca Berg, CNN, "Greitens scandal looms large in Missouri's Senate race -- and doesn't show signs of going away," 27 May 2018 For hours on Thursday and Friday, Judge Rex Burlison and two teams of lawyers meticulously questioned St. Louis residents in a search for an impartial jury that had not already decided on the guilt or innocence of their embattled governor. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "Is Gov. Greitens Truthful? It’s a Question for the Jury, if They Can Seat One," 11 May 2018 In Illinois, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign pulled ads featuring the embattled Missouri governor. Sean Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "An affair, a photo and a felony charge: Missouri’s governor is waging a campaign for political survival," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of embattled

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

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embattled

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of embattled

: engaged in battle or conflict : surrounded by enemies
: constantly criticized or attacked

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