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tr.v. be·lea·guered, be·lea·guer·ing, be·lea·guers
1. To harass; beset: We are beleaguered by problems.
2. To surround with troops; besiege: The enemy beleaguered the enclave.

[Probably Dutch belegeren : be-, around (from Middle Dutch bie; see ambhi in Indo-European roots) + leger, camp; see legh- in Indo-European roots.]

be·lea′guer·ment n.


a blockade or siege
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A prolonged surrounding of an objective by hostile troops:
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Later events in Iraq, Syria, and Bahrain--plus rising anti-Shia sentiments in Egypt, the Maghreb, and Turkey--have increased the Shia sense of beleaguerment.
That this was so can be attributed, at least in part, to the sense of beleaguerment felt by Irish Protestants, and it is appropriate therefore that the collection opens with John Gibney's exploration of the memory of 1641 in the section devoted to 'aspects of ascendancy'.
It has served to increase the community's growing sense of beleaguerment caused by dwindling numbers and political influence and, in particular, by the frenzied anti-Israel feeling dominating public discourse.