besiege

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Synonyms for besiege

Synonyms for besiege

to surround with hostile troops

to surround and advance upon

to trouble persistently from or as if from all sides

Synonyms for besiege

surround so as to force to give up

cause to feel distressed or worried

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harass, as with questions or requests

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For example, in the third book of the Iliad Helen from the walls of Troy looks in vain among the besiegers for her brothers, and Homer tells us that the life-giving earth now held them down in their homeland.
Hawks like Pericles became increasingly unpopular as a result, but amazingly, after losing as many citizens to the plague as they were likely to have lost in a protracted war, the Athenians kept up the fight, trying to take Epidaurus, attacking Troezen, Halieis, and Hermione, and reinforcing the besiegers at Potidaea (who had also caught the plague) (2.
28) At the time of the Fourth Crusade the residents of Constantinople destroyed a lifelike bronze statue of Athena, whose hand seemed to beckon the Latin besiegers into their city.
past batteries of besiegers, and that man has won a battle against
There was, of course, damage during sieges and in their aftermath, but in many cases the erection of new earthen fortifications about towns and cities, such as London, led to the clearance of houses, and, at Gloucester, people's homes in the suburbs were destroyed by the defenders so that the besiegers could not make use of them during an attack.
European besiegers gained an advantage from these weapons due to the brittle structural characteristics of medieval Western fortifications.
There he reminded his besiegers of the beneficial policies he had undertaken, namely, the increase in their stipends, the suspension of some taxes, and the provisions he had made for the poor and infirm.
This formula also reflects one advantage that the defenders had over the attackers--since their machines were positioned on higher ground and were shooting downwards towards the besiegers, their missiles had a higher velocity (in addition to the bigger range) than those of the besieging machines, which had to shoot upwards into the hillfort.
The Roman army, Saxon monks, Viking invaders, Civic War besiegers and Second World War naval guns all had starring roles in its history.
The bastions give a height advantage over the artillery of the besiegers.
In the Hawks films, Wayne and his few allies fought to hold onto imprisoned bad guys their besiegers wanted to free.
The book explores the power of language in a war-torn city: it is both the prime target of the besiegers, who aim to wipe out the city's collective memory, and the only weapon of the besieged, who fight their loss of freedom through humor and erudition.
He had sought refuge after being challenged by the police over the illegal possession of a firearm - and successfully held his besiegers at bay for more than two weeks.
However, the considerations above suggest that the hurling of plague cadavers might well have occurred as de' Mussi claimed, and if so, that this biological attack was probably responsible for the transmission of the disease from the besiegers to the besieged.