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 For disparate Germans to come together required a common sense of embattlement. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 Accurate reporting and erroneous articles alike bred a deep sense of embattlement in Palo Alto. Ben Smith, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2021 Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and the Civil War Battery Hooper, a hillside cannon embattlement, was part of a ring of defenses set up across Northern Kentucky. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, 13 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 29 Oct. 2019 See More

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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 5 Jul. 2022.

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