embattled UK US /ɪmˈbætld/ adjective [before noun]
experiencing a lot of problems or difficulties: »

The company's embattled chief executive came in for more media criticism today.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Embattled — Em*bat tled, a. 1. Having indentations like a battlement. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. (Her.) Having the edge broken like battlements; said of a bearing such as a fess, bend, or the like. [1913 Webster] 3. Having been the place of battle; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • embattled — ► ADJECTIVE 1) prepared for battle, especially because surrounded by enemy forces. 2) beset by difficulties: the embattled Chancellor. 3) fortified; having battlements …   English terms dictionary

  • embattled — [em bat′ ld] adj. 1. prepared or arrayed for battle 2. engaged in a battle, conflict, or controversy 3. being subjected to attack, criticism, etc …   English World dictionary

  • embattled — adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. ready to fight ; prepared to give battle < here once the embattled farmers stood R. W. Emerson > b. engaged in battle, conflict, or controversy < an embattled official accused of extortion > 2. a. being a site… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • embattled — [[t]ɪmbæ̱t(ə)ld[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe a person, group, or organization as embattled, you mean that they are having a lot of problems or difficulties. The embattled president also denied recent claims that he was being held …   English dictionary

  • Embattled — Embattle Em*bat tle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Embattled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Embattling}.] [OF. embataillier; pref. em (L. in) + F. bataille battle. See {Battle}, and cf. {Battlement}.] To arrange in order of battle; to array for battle; also, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • embattled — em|bat|tled [ımˈbætld] adj formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: embataillier, from bataille; BATTLE1] 1.) [only before noun] an embattled person, organization etc has many problems or difficulties ▪ The embattled president had to resign …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • embattled — adjective formal 1 surrounded by enemies, especially in war or fighting: Their embattled army finally surrendered. 2 an embattled person, organization, etc has many problems or difficulties: embattled companies fighting off takeover bids …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • embattled — em|bat|tled [ ım bætld ] adjective 1. ) MAINLY JOURNALISM experiencing a lot of problems and likely to be defeated or destroyed: He called on the nation to give the embattled president a chance. 2. ) involved in fighting, especially by being… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • embattled — coun·ter·embattled; embattled; …   English syllables

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