a. Prepared or fortified for battle: an embattled city wall.
b. Engaged in battle: “Here once the embattled farmers stood / And fired the shot heard round the world” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
2. Beset with attackers, criticism, or controversy: an embattled legislative minority.
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