Definition of beleaguered adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    beleaguered

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//bɪˈliːɡəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈliːɡərd//
     
     
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  1. 1(formal) experiencing a lot of criticism and difficulties The beleaguered party leader was forced to resign.
  2. 2surrounded by an enemy supplies for the beleaguered city
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Dutch belegeren ‘camp round’, from be- ‘(all) about’ + leger ‘a camp’ + -ed.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: beleaguered