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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
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British Dictionary definitions for un embattled

embattled

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

embattled

adj.

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

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