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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Dutch
Origin: belegeren, from leger 'camp'

beleaguered

adjective
     
be‧lea‧guered [usually before noun] formal
1 experiencing a lot of problems or criticism:
the country's beleaguered steel industry
2 surrounded by an army:
Supplies are being brought into the beleaguered city.

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