Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of besiege.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In astrology, said of a planet which is between two others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. surrounded by hostile forces

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • The word besieged her; she caught herself uttering it, and while she uttered it the time itself seemed to have slipped by.

    The Philanderers

  • Constantine, after enjoying a short and anxious respite, was again besieged in his capital by the arms of a more formidable enemy.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Notwithstanding this weak invention, Italy was still afflicted, Rome was again besieged, and the suburb of Classe, only three miles from Ravenna, was pillaged and occupied by the troops of a simple duke of Spoleto.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Beckinsale and Tom Skerritt (playing Dr. John Fury) simply aren’t given enough to work with and are besieged from the outset by a silly plot, poorly developed characters and an underwhelming finale.

    WHITEOUT DVD Review – Collider.com

  • The pro-Mousavi supporters were being aimed by the besieged, which is the government-funded militia.

    CNN Transcript Jun 16, 2009

  • The greatest distress of the besieged was the narrowness of the place they were in, their quarters being very confined, and the whole place but two furlongs in compass; so that both they and their horses fed without exercise.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • For thirty yards on either side of the besieged was a stretch of bare, open ground.

    Heart of the West [Annotated]

  • The first warning of this to the besieged was another volley, which sent bullets through the windows and the crack in the door, without doing the slightest injury.

    Janice Meredith

  • Among the besieged was a monk named Schmidt, probably one of the Low-country men to whom the Franche Comté was then a sort of home, as forming part of the dominions of Spain; and this monk was the most active supporter of the defence, against the large party within the walls which was anxious to render the town.

    Ice-Caves of France and Switzerland

  • On the side of the besieged was a figure that soon attracted great notice by promenading under fire.

    The Cloister and the Hearth

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • An astrological term.

    "Bonatus describes a besieged planet as one that separates from a malefic and applies to another (Con. 6). It shows a situation that is going from bad to worse.

    William Lilly described a planet besieged as one that lies between the bodies of the two malefics Mars and Saturn. His example is Mars at 10 ° Aries, Venus 13° Aries, and Saturn 15° Aries. It is generally accepted that besiegement can occur by aspect as well as bodily conjunction. As a principle it refers to a planet trapped by hostile forces on either side."

    May 29, 2007