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Beleaguer  v. t.  (past & past part. beleaguered; pres. part. beleaguering)  To surround with an army so as to preclude escape; to besiege; to blockade. "The wail of famine in beleaguered towns."
Synonyms: To block up; environ; invest; encompass.

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"Beleaguer" Quotes from Famous Books

... read in the marvellous heart of man, That strange and mystic scroll, That an army of phantoms vast and wan Beleaguer the human soul. ...
— The Haunted Hour - An Anthology • Various

... of the allies moved through Picardy towards the confines of Artois, and sat down leisurely to beleaguer Rue, a low-lying place on the banks and near the mouth of the Somme, the only town in the province which still held for the king. It was sufficiently fortified to withstand a good deal of battering, and it certainly seemed mere trifling for the great Duke of Parma ...
— The Rise of the Dutch Republic, 1555-1566 • John Lothrop Motley

... had ceased to beleaguer Candahar, he had withdrawn from that fortress but a very short distance, and the position he had taken up was of considerable strength. The Urgundab valley is separated on the north-west from the Candahar plain by a long precipitous ...
— The Afghan Wars 1839-42 and 1878-80 • Archibald Forbes

... and comfort I send thee news that his Highness Prince Rupert hath gotten a great victory over the rebels at Newark; and I have besought his Majesty that he should march into Lancashire. By two days, at farthest, these enemies who now beleaguer my house shall be cut off. We purpose to come upon them suddenly, so that they shall be taken in their own snare. I have raised L3000 on the jewels conveyed to me from Lathom by the last sally, which sum I purpose giving in largess to the ...
— Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2) • John Roby

... volumes, printed and manuscript, a feat for which he is not censured—we are sorry to have to acknowledge it—by Philip O'Sullivan in his account of the fact. Elated by this successful raid, Sir Cahir called off his followers and proceeded to beleaguer Lifford, where there was a small garrison of English who could not be induced to surrender, although suffering severely from want of provisions. Finding all his attempts to reduce the place ineffectual, he sent for the small force ...
— The Land-War In Ireland (1870) - A History For The Times • James Godkin

... Hold you aloof, and in your women's bowers Before the loom still pace ye to and fro; And war shall be the business of our lords. Lo, of fair issue is there hope: we see The Achaeans falling fast: we see the might Of our men waxing ever: fear is none Of evil issue now: the pitiless foe Beleaguer not the town: no desperate need There is that women should ...
— The Fall of Troy • Smyrnaeus Quintus

... Crusaders— Heroes true and tried of old, You would check the rash invaders Of all that we sacred hold. And though hosts your steps beleaguer, Full of might and martial pride; For the conflict be you eager— God ...
— The Poetical Works of Mrs. Leprohon (Mrs. R.E. Mullins) • Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

... foemen beleaguer The House I have built you, the Home I have won? Full great are my gifts, and my hands are all eager To fill every heart with the ...
— Chants for Socialists • William Morris

... in man's attire, with the body of a maid, at God's behest goes forth to raise the downcast King, who bears the lilies, and to drive out his accursed enemies, even those who now beleaguer the city of Orleans and strike terror into the hearts of its inhabitants. And if the people will take heart and go out to battle, the treacherous English shall be struck down by death, at the hand of the God of ...
— The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2) • Anatole France

... of having left Dantzic behind in the hands of the Prussians, Lefebvre was despatched with his new corps to beleaguer it. Savary drove the Russians from the Narew and out of Ostrolenka; Mortier threatened Stralsund and stopped the Swedes, who, as members of the coalition, were finally about to take an active share in the fighting. ...
— The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte - Vol. III. (of IV.) • William Milligan Sloane

... my mind misgives me as to what she saw at Twynham Castle. And yet I cannot think that any Scottish or French rovers could land in such force as to beleaguer the fortalice. Call the Company together, Aylward; and let us on, for it will be shame to us if we are not at Dax upon the ...
— The White Company • Arthur Conan Doyle

... before. Twice did Sir Guy vanquish the host, and drive them from the walls. The third time he took Sir Gaire, the Emperor's son, prisoner, and carried him into the city. Then the Emperor Regnier determined, since he could not take the place by assault, to beleaguer it, and starve the town into surrender. And it was so that, while his army was set down before the walls, the Emperor hunted alone in a wood hard by, and Sir Guy, meeting him there, gathered a branch of olive tree, and came bending to the ...
— Legends That Every Child Should Know • Hamilton Wright Mabie

... already more than lost, The imp beleaguer'd all perdue; For frowning Honour kept his post— To meet that frown, ...
— Poems And Songs Of Robert Burns • Robert Burns

... Rebel bands, enriched by plunder, and grown bold by success, began to assume the proportion of armies. Two rebels, Li Tsze-ch'eng and Shang K'o-hi, decided to divide the empire between them. Li besieged K'ai-feng Fu, the capital of Ho-nan, and so long and closely did he beleaguer it that in the consequent famine human flesh was regularly sold in the markets. At length an imperial force came to raise the siege, but fearful of meeting Li's army, they cut through the dykes of the Yellow River, ...
— Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2 - "Chicago, University of" to "Chiton" • Various

... he hath his fruitless fruits beleaguer him round his bed, together with all the bands and legions of his other wickedness. 'His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of ...
— The Works of John Bunyan • John Bunyan

... the unfortunate cause of the entire abandonment of some half-dozen houses, by merely halting to sit down for a few minutes under a tree in their vicinity. Whether the inhabitants — who appeared to be all women — thought that I was going to open trenches and beleaguer them or not I don't know, but, after a few minutes, I used to see one of them dart out from behind a mud wall and scuttle away like a rabbit; then another lady would steal out, carefully lock the ...
— Diary of a Pedestrian in Cashmere and Thibet • by William Henry Knight

... were usually seen in the act of justing together, or in similar warlike employments. See the ancient French romance of Richard sans Peur. Similar to this was the Nacht Lager, or midnight camp, which seemed nightly to beleaguer the walls of Prague, ...
— Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, Vol. II (of 3) • Walter Scott

Words linked to "Beleaguer" :   ebb, tease, crucify, blockade, pester, bedevil, surround, hem in, dun, frustrate, bug, attack, besiege, circumvent, assail

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