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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [bih-lee-ger]
    • /bɪˈli gər/
    • /bɪˈliː.ɡəd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bih-lee-ger]
    • /bɪˈli gər/

Definitions of beleaguered word

  • adjective beleaguered A beleaguered person, organization, or project is experiencing a lot of difficulties, opposition, or criticism. 3
  • adjective beleaguered A beleaguered place or army is surrounded by its enemies. 3
  • adjective beleaguered experiencing difficulties, opposition or criticism 3
  • adjective beleaguered surrounded by enemies 3
  • verb with object beleaguered to surround with military forces. 1
  • verb with object beleaguered to surround or beset, as with troubles. 1

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Origin of beleaguered

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
First recorded in 1580-90; be- + leaguer1

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Parts of speech for Beleaguered


beleaguered popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 50% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for beleaguered

adj beleaguered

  • blockaded — the isolating, closing off, or surrounding of a place, as a port, harbor, or city, by hostile ships or troops to prevent entrance or exit.

verb beleaguered

  • argufied — Simple past tense and past participle of argufy.
  • dunned — to make repeated and insistent demands upon, especially for the payment of a debt.
  • importuned — Simple past tense and past participle of importune.
  • jived — swing music or early jazz.

adjective beleaguered

  • careworn — A person who looks careworn looks worried, tired, and unhappy.
  • embattled — (of a place or people) involved in or prepared for war, especially because surrounded by enemy forces.
  • harassed — to disturb persistently; torment, as with troubles or cares; bother continually; pester; persecute.
  • harried — to harass, annoy, or prove a nuisance to by or as if by repeated attacks; worry: He was harried by constant doubts.
  • oppressed — to burden with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; subject to a burdensome or harsh exercise of authority or power: a people oppressed by totalitarianism.

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