verb (used with object)
Origin of assail
Examples from the Web for assailment
Franklin sat by the side of Jefferson, as the admirable document was subjected to this assailment.
Was he not member, duly elected, without possibility of assailment in his legal right?Annie Besant|Annie Besant
As for the men, they twisted every item about Gourlay and his domicile into fresh matter of assailment.The House with the Green Shutters|George Douglas Brown
Word Origin for assail
c.1200, from Old French assalir "attack, assault, assail" (12c., Modern French assaillir), from Vulgar Latin *adsalire "to leap at," from Latin ad- "at" (see ad-) + salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Figurative use from mid-14c. Related: Assailed; assailing; assailable.