beleaguering

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n beleaguering the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack
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Usage

In literature:

Thus silently beleaguered, the young hunter set about considering in what manner he might accomplish the raising of the siege.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
And within the little area of this beleaguered town do not men kill, and are not men killed, every day?
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
A beleaguered city could be victualled.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
It was the reflection as of a great fire on the brow of the hill where my people were beleaguered.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
He had been among the first to scale the walls and penetrate into the beleaguered city.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
In the dead of night, with a band of 200 men, she entered the beleaguered city of Orleans in the face of the English enemy.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
Simon felt beleaguered at the thought of more bravos coming into town.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The other he knocked flat with his fist, but overpowering numbers massed for a headlong rush on the beleaguered refugees.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
The winter settled after that with a beleaguering of steeps and broken levels under a blockade of stark hardship.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
As night drew its heavy curtains around the beleaguered cabin, Charlie experienced a feeling of dread creeping over him.
"The Cabin on the Prairie" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson
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In poetry:

And while the hours in order flow,
O Christ, securely fence
Our gates, beleaguered by the foe,
The gate of every sense.
"Now That The Sun Is Gleaming Bright" by Augusta Treverorum
And alas! how many thousands
Have responded to that call,
Whose forgotten corpses moulder
By the still beleaguered wall!
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
He captive leads the wavering will
With specious words, and fair,
And enters the beleaguered soul,
And rules, a conqueror there.
"Beechenbrook - VII" by Margaret Junkin Preston
I have read, in the marvellous heart of man,
That strange and mystic scroll,
That an army of phantoms vast and wan
Beleaguer the human soul.
"Voices Of The Night : The Beleaguered City" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Brave heart, where you lie at rest,
In the long-beleaguered town.
Can you hear the night-wind lift the flag
Where the Southern stars look down?
"The Relief Of Ladysmith." by Ethel Clifford
Slow o'er Herodion went the night and day,
As deeply wounded on his bed he lay.
Well had he fought to stop, while yet afar,
The growing triumphs of the Roman war;
Well had he fought to stay the overthrow
Of Zion now beleaguered by the foe.
"First Tale: Herodion and Azala: Part Two" by Thomas Aird

In news:

Beleaguered high-speed rail authority mulls destroying emails after 90 days.
Beleaguered Bolts boss Turner trying not to let heat get to him during free fall .
The defense of the New Orleans Saints is a much maligned and beleaguered unit.
Hooray for the " grassroots of America," who waited in long lines on Nov 6 to cast their votes, which gave our beleaguered President Obama a second term.
"Yes, mother," comes the beleaguered Pavlovian response from somewhere amid the filth downstairs.
In a continued strategic attempt to knock down President Bashar al-Assad's air prowess, Syria's rebel fighters say they have beleaguered the country's main airport on one side.
SAN FRANCISCO – Shares of Hewlett-Packard jumped more than 4% Monday as rumors spread on Twitter that billionaire investor Carl Icahn was building a stake in the beleaguered technology giant.
Hard times for Dean Pees, Ravens' beleaguered defense.
Jet Maker Hires Kirkland & Ellis Law Firm, CEO With Experience in Beleaguered Industries.
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Michael Morse and the Washington Nationals took advantage of Milwaukee's beleaguered bullpen.
The beleaguered Philadelphia School District is getting a new chief financial officer, a young executive with strong recommendations - but one who left his last school district amid questions over a big check cut to a departing official.
The University of Colorado has hired San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre to take over its beleaguered football program, a source close to MacIntyre told the Daily Camera.
The New York Times is reporting that the beleaguered Oxford American has a new editor: Roger Hodge .
Based on his columns for The New Yorker, Ian Frazier's first novel, The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days, centers on a beleaguered wife and mother of two boys who speaks to the frustrations of everyday life.
As tempers kept flaring at airports Monday over invasive security procedures, TSA officials implored flyers not to join a protest that could snarl lines and beleaguered agents shared their own horror stories.
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