- 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.
Origin of assail
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Related Words for assailmentaggression, assault, charge, invasion, offense, offensive, onslaught, strike
Examples from the Web for assailment
Historical Examples of assailment
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
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
- 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