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  • n. A person who besieges

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who besieges; -- opposed to the besieged.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who besieges.

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

  • n. an enemy who lays siege to your position
  • n. an energetic petitioner


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  • Josephus, following probably a Roman authority, gives an account of the fortifications of Jerusalem from the point of view of the besieger, which is confirmed in large part by modern research. [


  • "Besiege" takes a preposition, "by," and an object: you can't be besieged without a besieger, but you will never find out the identity of the besieger inside the barricades that protect you from whatever it is.

    New York Review: The Collected Stories Of Lydia Davis

  • Appalachee troops also raided Cornwallis's supply lines so often that after less than a month it became quite clear that Cornwallis was the besieged, not the besieger.

    He Don't Know Him

  • In the space of a year, Hook has gone from the besieged to the besieger, from the defender to the attacker.

    Victory by Longbow

  • Every besieger promises the commoners that his only enemy is the aristocrat in the citadel: such a maneuver weakens enemy will to resist.

    New Dan Simmons Story

  • (One besieger is felled by a tome titled "Projet de Fraternisation avec les Bedouins").

    Napoleon on Madison

  • So that the besieger in name has become, at least from the land side, the besieged in reality; as we are prevented by their cavalry from even going for any distance into the country.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • I have sat down before it as a besieger before a fortress, to make my approaches with the same systematic regularity.

    Journals of expeditions of discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in the years 1840-1

  • Ralph looked forward to a fourth, a fifth, a tenth besieger; he had no conviction she would stop at a third.

    The Portrait of a Lady

  • The constancy of the besieged has also often displeased and dismayed the besieger.

    The Art of War


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