embattlement

noun
em·​bat·​tle·​ment | \ im-ˈba-tᵊl-mənt How to pronounce embattlement (audio) \

Definition of embattlement

2 : the state of being embattled

Examples of embattlement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The physicality of conflict may be out of sight, but the tension of living in a constant state of embattlement is palpable. Danielle Avram, Dallas News, "Photographing the resistance: Mitch Epstein brings protest scenes to life," 28 Jan. 2021 The sense of embattlement that Trump and other Republican politicians encouraged throughout the pandemic primed many conservatives to assume Democratic foul play even before voting began. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "Among the Insurrectionists," 15 Jan. 2021 But his embattlement also colors the regular work of electioneering, which always involves upbeat rallies and hopeful promises. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Donald Trump’s Reelection Campaign Is Total Camp," 30 Oct. 2020 The sense of embattlement reached new levels when Emily Maitlis, a BBC presenter, delivered an on-air sermon against Mr Cummings. The Economist, "Bagehot Why Conservatives have embraced victimhood," 4 June 2020 His old tropes of embattlement in a world of doubters and users have simply been scrubbed of profanity and retrofitted with Jesus and Judases. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Kanye West Strains His Voice on Jesus Is King," 29 Oct. 2019 By the time of Liberty’s financial embattlement, other education innovators had taken the idea much further — none more so than a man named John Sperling. Alec Macgillis/propublica, New York Times, "How Liberty University Built a Billion-Dollar Empire Online," 17 Apr. 2018 Lukewarm believers will fall away; the devout will remain, and a sense of embattlement does wonders for building fanaticism. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "Even Donald Trump’s supporters are getting bored of Donald Trump.," 22 Aug. 2017 The book also illuminates the Nixon years' atmosphere of cultural embattlement, a political mood that looks more relevant than ever in the Age of Donald Trump. Sam Tanenhaus, Esquire, "When Pat Buchanan Tried To Make America Great Again," 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of embattlement

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Embattlement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embattlement. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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