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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: embataillier, from bataille; BATTLE1

embattled

adjective
     
em‧bat‧tled formal
1 [only before noun] an embattled person, organization etc has many problems or difficulties:
The embattled president had to resign.
2 surrounded by enemies, especially in war or fighting:
The embattled army finally surrendered.

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