Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Prepared or fortified for battle or engaged in battle: embattled troops; an embattled city.
  • adj. Beset with attackers, criticism, or controversy: an embattled legislative minority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Subject to or troubled by battles, controversy or debates.
  • adj. Prepared or armed for battle.
  • adj. Of a wall, fortress, etc., having battlements or crenellations.
  • adj. Drawn with a line of alternating square indentations and extensions.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of embattle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having indentations like a battlement.
  • adj. Having the edge broken like battlements; -- said of a bearing such as a fess, bend, or the like.
  • adj. Having been the place of battle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Furnished with battlements; specifically, in heraldry, broken in square projections and depressions like the merlons and intervals of battlements: said of one of the lines forming the boundaries of an ordinary or other bearing; also said of the bearing whose outline is so broken: as, a fesse embattled. Also battled, crénelé, crenelated, crenellated. Also written imbattled.

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

  • adj. prepared for battle
  • adj. having or resembling repeated square indentations like those in a battlement

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Examples

  • With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure.

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  • MEXICO CITY - Gunmen stormed a birthday party in embattled Ciudad Juarez and killed 13 young people, the latest outrage in a city crippled by warring drug gangs.

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  • Ward Carroll, an aviator who flew with Honors, called the embattled officer "one of the good guys" but said he doesn't expect him to be the commander of the Enterprise when it deploys this month.

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  • The recently concluded petition to recall our embattled mayor failed miserably.

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  • Bush reached out yuk—hate that phrase—RB Friday to support longtime ally Musharraf, calling the embattled Pakistani president to assure him of continued US backing.

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  • Alberto Gonzales, for months now, you haven't heard that name without the word embattled in front of it.

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  • Up first, hail from the chief, President Bush calls his embattled Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld superb, strong and courageous.

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  • In one cable, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, a close ally of Pakistan, reportedly called embattled and deeply unpopular Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari the main cause of his country's woes.

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  • - Residents of Mission Viejo have voted to recall their embattled mayor,

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  • -- Residents of Mission Viejo have voted to recall their embattled mayor, Lance MacLean, by a slim 19-vote margin.

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