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embattled (adj.)

"under attack," by 1882; earlier and more etymologically it meant "prepared to fight" (late 15c.), and (of structures) "fitted with battlements" (late 14c.); past-participle adjective from embattle (v.).

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Definitions of embattled

embattled (adj.)
(of a person) beset by difficulties or conflict;
the state legislature called for the embattled governor's resignation
embattled (adj.)
prepared for battle;
an embattled city
embattled (adj.)
having or resembling repeated square indentations like those in a battlement;
Synonyms: battlemented / castled / castellated
From wordnet.princeton.edu