beleaguer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v beleaguer surround so as to force to give up "The Turks besieged Vienna"
    • v beleaguer annoy persistently "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Beleaguer To surround with an army so as to preclude escape; to besiege; to blockade. "The wail of famine in beleaguered towns."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • beleaguer To besiege; surround with an army so as to preclude escape; blockade.
    • beleaguer Synonyms To invest, lay siege to, beset.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Beleaguer be-lēg′ėr to lay siege to
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. belegeren,akin to G. belagern, Sw. belägra, Dan. beleire,); pref. be-, = E. be-, + leger, bed, camp, army, akin to E. lair,. See Lair
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. belegeren, to besiege—be, and leger, camp. See Leaguer.

Usage

In literature:

Round all the gates to slay the men, the walls with fire to ring, And all AEneas' host is pent with fenced beleaguering.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
It was a besieged household in a beleaguered city.
"Herbert Hoover" by Vernon Kellogg
How is death even swallowed up in victory, when the beleaguered spirit dashes across the breach, and, unarmed, possesses life!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
Three hundred thousand men, women, and children were in the beleaguered city.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
We soon came in sight of the beleaguered island and fortress of Lessandro.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
To escape was utterly impossible, the palace being surrounded by the infuriate Moors, and the town beleaguered by the Spaniards.
"Gomez Arias" by Joaquín Telesforo de Trueba y Cosío
For all the dogmatic volubility of Rogers, orthodoxy appeared beleaguered.
"A Discourse Concerning Ridicule and Irony in Writing (1729)" by Anthony Collins
Before receiving the missive, Frontenac devised a useful and whimsical stratagem to raise the prestige of the beleaguered city.
"Old Quebec" by Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
A blast of blistering, horrible heat smote upon the beleaguered pair.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Fancy apart, San Francisco is a city beleaguered with alarms.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

Thy Path, thy Purposes conceal
From our beleaguered realm
Lest any shattering whisper steal
Upon us and o'erwhelm.
"The Prayer of Miriam Cohen" by Rudyard Kipling
I have read, in some old, marvellous tale,
Some legend strange and vague,
That a midnight host of spectres pale
Beleaguered the walls of Prague.
"Voices Of The Night : The Beleaguered City" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Behold how the world-heart is eager
To draw us and hold us and claim!
Through truths of the dreams that beleaguer
Her soul she makes ours the same,
And death but a name.
"Interpreted" by Madison Julius Cawein
When a few deaths so shadow a whole place,
Let us but think of that beleaguered town
Where famine's blackness sits in every face,
War cutting thousands, want ten thousands down.
"A New Year's Address, 1870." by Nora Pembroke
"Valencia to beleaguer, who fain would march with me
Let none come hither to me, if his choice be not free.
Is nought that may compel him along with me to fale —
Canal de Celfa for three days I will tarry for him there."
"The Lay of the Cid - Cantar II" by Anonymous European
"Beat at the casement, burst it, and the wind
Filled all the room, and swept me white and blind
Into the night. I heard the sound of seas
Beleaguer earth, I heard the roaring trees
Singing together. We left them far behind.
"Oreithyia" by Maurice Hewlett

In news:

As Hurricane Tomas pummels Haiti, B'nai B'rith International is continuing its program of relief to residents of the beleaguered nation.
Facebook's beleaguered stock has lost more than half of its value since its initial public offering three months ago.
Dressed in the shabby red coat of a beleaguered British soldier, Bruce Dickinson swung a giant Union Jack over his head.
American president's visit a sign that times are changing in the beleaguered country formerly know as Burma.
The City Council of Detroit on Tuesday rejected a contract to hire a law firm to help carry out an overhaul of the beleaguered city's finances.
New Jets offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo talked up beleaguered right tackle Wayne Hunter on Wednesday.
The former superintendent of the beleaguered St Louis public schools will return to his native Chicago area to head up Thornton Fractional High School District 215 beginning this summer.
In the Boston area, growth in technology and biotech is driving the recovery, even pushing up employment in the formerly beleaguered construction industry to a four-year high in July.
At the beleaguered electronics retailer's Burbank store and elsewhere, managers and employees are preparing for the big day in hopes of generating strong holiday sales.
Beleaguered Best Buy needs Black Friday more than ever.
Stocks closed modestly higher Wednesday after new data provided hope to beleaguered US homeowners and the housing industry as well.
Weather experts had good news for beleaguered northeast coastal residents Tuesday: A new storm that threatened to complicate Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts on Wednesday now looks like it will be weaker than expected.
Indications are strong that beleaguered Jefferson County officials need to be working on a plan B to deal with the county's financial crisis in the event the Legislature does not give them authority to institute a new occupational tax.
The beleaguered company won court approval to quit providing benefits for retirees and their dependents Dec 31 as part of their bankruptcy restructuring.
The bombing comes as the civil war takes a devastating toll on an already beleaguered population.
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