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embattled

[em-bat-ld] /ɛmˈbæt ld/
adjective
1.
disposed or prepared for battle.
2.
engaged in or beset by conflict or struggle.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see embattle1, -ed2; def. 2 probably by association with the general sense “restrict, enclose” of many verbs formed with em-1, en-1
Related forms
unembattled, adjective

embattle1

[em-bat-l] /ɛmˈbæt l/
verb (used with object), embattled, embattling.
1.
to arrange in order of battle; prepare for battle; arm.
2.
to fortify (a town, camp, etc.).
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English embatailen < Middle French embataillier. See em-1, battle1

embattle2

[em-bat-l] /ɛmˈbæt l/
verb (used with object), embattled, embattling.
1.
to furnish with battlements.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English embatailen. See em-1, battle2
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British Dictionary definitions for embattled

embattled

/ɪmˈbætəld/
adjective
1.
prepared for or engaged in conflict, controversy, or battle
2.
(heraldry) having an indented edge resembling battlements

embattle

/ɪmˈbætəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to deploy (troops) for battle
2.
to strengthen or fortify (a position, town, etc)
3.
to provide (a building) with battlements
Word Origin
C14: from Old French embataillier; see en-1, battle
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Word Origin and History for embattled
adj.

"under attack," by 1882; earlier it meant "prepared to fight," and (of structures) "fitted with battlements;" past participle adjective from embattle (v.).

embattle

v.

late 14c., "prepare for a fight," from Old French embataillier "to prepare for battle," from en- (see en- (1)) + bataille (see battle (n.)). Related: Embattled; embattling. Originally of armies; of individuals as well since 1590s (first attested in Spenser).

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