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.
- as·sail·a·ble, adjective
- as·sail·a·ble·ness, noun
- as·sail·er, noun
- as·sail·ment, noun
- un·as·sailed, adjective
- un·as·sail·ing, adjective
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How to use assail in a sentence
Another day the duke's bailiff came to Hellesdon with 300 men to see if the place were assailable.Landholding In England | Joseph Fisher
But he soon found that the position extended too far southward to be assailable by his limited forces.The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
A modern general would certainly have guarded with special care the flank that was most easily assailable.Battles of English History | H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
With great activity and energy, therefore, they betook themselves to the fortification of every assailable point.Great Events in the History of North and South America | Charles A. Goodrich
A part were stationed in the city, a part at Brooklyn, Long Island, and detachments at various other assailable points.Great Events in the History of North and South America | Charles A. Goodrich
British Dictionary definitions for assail
to attack violently; assault
to criticize or ridicule vehemently, as in argument
to beset or disturb: his mind was assailed by doubts
to encounter with the intention of mastering: to assail a problem; to assail a difficult mountain ridge
- assailable, adjective
- assailer, noun
- assailment, noun
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