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beleaguer

verb

Definition: 1. to annoy or harass; 2. to surround with an army

Synonyms: torment, annoy, harass, plague, besiege, beset

Antonyms: placate, relieve

Tips: To beleaguer someone is to annoy severely. It originates from the Dutch word belegeren, which literally means "to camp around." Thus, we get the meaning of surrounding with an army. Think of being surrounded by an enemy and how tormenting that would be, hence the meaning of "annoying or harassing." The adjective form, beleaguered, means "annoyed or troubled."

Usage Examples:

He was beleaguered by worries of losing his job. (tormented, plagued)

Our camp was beleaguered by an army of ants in the middle of the night. (besieged, tormented)

He was beleaguered by his mean classmates during lunch. (tormented, harassed)

In sales, you have to make sure you do not beleaguer your prospects with too many calls or e-mails. (annoy, harass)


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