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

  • n. See battlement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A battlement.
  • n. The state of being embattled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An intended parapet; a battlement.
  • n. The fortifying of a building or a wall by means of battlements.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An indented parapet; a battlement.


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  • We would thus expect them to stick together, if only owing to a sense of embattlement.

    American Grace

  • Even as late as 2006, after a quarter century of rising national prominence and power,43 more than two thirds of evangelical Protestants in our Faith Matters survey said that they felt that their values were “seriously” or “moderately threatened in America today,” a sense of embattlement greater than in any other major religious tradition.

    American Grace

  • While a sense of embattlement with secular Americans may cause different religious traditions to pull together, tensions among religious traditions still exist.

    American Grace

  • His sense of victimhood and embattlement, the essential tool in rousing this angry, self-pitying audience, has been honed to a gleaming sharp edge.

    The CPAC Rodeo Roundup

  • In this sense, the new mass-market atheism is following the same pattern as the Christian Right before it, which likewise drew strength from a sense of embattlement and persecution.

    Mass-Market Atheism

  • It does not harbor in its heart the fatalistic fear and pride that what it was chosen for was embattlement, a state of siege, and endless war.

    The Chosen Peoples

  • Soldier #2: [finds Phillipe hiding on an embattlement ledge] Where is the woman?

    Finding Amanda, losing Matthew Broderick

  • Estonian history reveals an abundance of Others, that small nation having been conquered by Danes, Germans, Swedes and Russians over centuries of embattlement.

    Patriotism’s Double Edge

  • I had been reared in the static, defensive world of the Depression, to which the world war added a coloring of embattlement and patriotic pride.

    On Not Being a Dove

  • On time and on target, Clinton's method for asserting her standpoint as a woman is to show she can assert the standpoint of the American male imaginary -- our fantasy of perpetual embattlement, the world a testing ground for performative masculinity against imagined enemies just outside our gates.

    Stan Goff: Elections and the race-gender taxonomies of America


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