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adjective American English pronunciation: embattled /ɪmˈbæt(ə)ld/
  1. 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. 2
    involved in fighting, especially by being surrounded by enemy soldiers

    The situation is deteriorating in the embattled northwest of the country.

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