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Meaning of word assail from English dictionary with examples, synonyms and antonyms.

assail   verb

Meaning : Attack someone physically or emotionally.

Example : The mugger assaulted the woman.
Nightmares assailed him regularly.

Synonyms : assault, attack, set on

Meaning : Launch an attack or assault on. Begin hostilities or start warfare with.

Example : Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II.
Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week.

Synonyms : attack

Be on the defensive. Act against an attack.


Meaning : Attack in speech or writing.

Example : The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker.

Synonyms : assault, attack, lash out, round, snipe