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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.
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.
In the space of a year, Hook has gone from the besieged to the besieger, from the defender to the attacker.
Every besieger promises the commoners that his only enemy is the aristocrat in the citadel: such a maneuver weakens enemy will to resist.
(One besieger is felled by a tome titled "Projet de Fraternisation avec les Bedouins").
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.
I have sat down before it as a besieger before a fortress, to make my approaches with the same systematic regularity.
Ralph looked forward to a fourth, a fifth, a tenth besieger; he had no conviction she would stop at a third.
The constancy of the besieged has also often displeased and dismayed the besieger.