- to attack vigorously or violently; assault.
- to attack with arguments, criticism, ridicule, abuse, etc.: to assail one's opponent with slander.
- to undertake with the purpose of mastering: He assailed his studies with new determination.
- to impinge upon; make an impact on; beset: His mind was assailed by conflicting arguments. The light assailed their eyes.
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Historical Examples of assailable
Martin was that species of man which, of all others, is most assailable by flattery.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
But the character of a minister is the most assailable of that of any of the professions.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
She was assailable;—and, as this was so, why the mischief should he not set about the work at once?
While she had been engaged to Captain Aylmer, Will had felt that she was not assailable.
The north and west sides are the most assailable parts of the city.Letters from Palestine
J. D. Paxton
- to attack violently; assault
- to criticize or ridicule vehemently, as in argument
- to beset or disturbhis mind was assailed by doubts
- to encounter with the intention of masteringto assail a problem; to assail a difficult mountain ridge