One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the besieging of cities or fortresses.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Universal History. From Hellenistic Greek πολιορκητικός of or for besieging from πολιορκητής besieger (from ancient Greek πολιορκεῖν to besiege a city + -τής, suffix forming agent nouns) + -ικός. Compare French poliorcétique.
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