- a person who attacks.
- Archaic. assailing; attacking; hostile.
Origin of assailant
Related Words for assailantaggressor, mugger, enemy, invader, goon, foe, assaulter, antagonist, bushwhacker
Examples from the Web for assailant
Contemporary Examples of assailant
Somebody yanks Chan and elbows him and he is momentarily distracted trying to apprehend his assailant.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
December 16, 2014
The rationale in those cases, he said, is that DNA should be used to identify the assailant.How the U.S. Ended Up With 400,000 Untested Rape Kits
September 23, 2014
Thankfully, Linda was not injured and the assailant, a white male, was arrested.13 Years After 9/11, Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Worse Than Ever
September 11, 2014
My assailant will remain unpunished, and life on this campus will continue its course as if nothing had happened.Harvard’s Biggest Problem With Sexual Assault Is Harvard Itself
April 4, 2014
Depending on the setting this allows the gamer to actually listen to his assailant.My Secret Life in Los Santos
November 29, 2013
Historical Examples of assailant
The assailant must say "This hurts me more than it hurts you."A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
He could not even guess at his assailant, much less reach him.
He did not know why she told him all that, and he could not learn from her anything about his assailant.
She grasped the arm of her assailant and struggled with all her might, but to no purpose.The Film of Fear
He parried the blow on his sabre, and with the flat of it knocked his assailant senseless.The Snare
- a person who attacks another, either physically or verballyhe was unable to recognize his assailants
1530s, from French assailant, noun use of present participle of assailir (see assail). Earlier in same sense was assailer (c.1400).