Character 6
Hyphenation as sail
Pronunciations /əˈseɪl/

Definitions and meanings of "Assail"

What do we mean by assail?

To attack violently, as with blows or military force; assault. transitive verb

To attack verbally, as with ridicule or censure. synonym: attack. transitive verb

To trouble or beset, as with questions or doubts. transitive verb

To fall upon with violence; assault; attack.

To attack with reasoning, arguments, censure, abuse, criticism, appeals, entreaties, or anything that bears upon the mind or feelings: as, to assail an obnoxious person with jeers.

To fall upon; bring something to bear upon or against; come in contact with: as, the ship was assailed by a severe storm.

Synonyms Attack, Set upon, Fall upon, Assail, Assault. Attack, literally to fasten to, is the most general of these words. Set upon and fall upon have the vigor of short and familiar words, and they express a sudden, energetic attack. Assail and assault, literally to leap or spring at, are to attack vehemently and perhaps suddenly. Assault is the stronger of the two, and is especially used of attacks with personal violence, as with fists, stones, etc. All five of these words may be extended to warfare, and to contests and struggles of any kind.

To attack with violence, or in a vehement and hostile manner; to assault; to molest transitive verb

To encounter or meet purposely with the view of mastering, as an obstacle, difficulty, or the like. transitive verb

To attack morally, or with a view to produce changes in the feelings, character, conduct, existing usages, institutions; to attack by words, hostile influence, etc.. transitive verb

To attack violently. verb

Attack someone physically or emotionally verb

Attack in speech or writing verb

Launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with verb

To attack with harsh words or violent force (also figuratively).

Attaking someone or something violently or verbally Urban Dictionary

A person who attacks someone on a road or a masked attacker. Urban Dictionary

To attack with or as if with violent blows; assault. Urban Dictionary

The act of an assailant, or assassin. To Kill, Murder. Urban Dictionary

A person in a position of authority who gains traction through self-aggrandizement and power-grabbing who concurrently attempts to rip apart the progress achieved in the fabric of that culture. Urban Dictionary

When a wife murders her husband. Urban Dictionary

Synonyms and Antonyms for Assail

The word "assail" in example sentences

If Scotland be to rest under the happy reign of Robert Bruce, then envy cannot again assail Sir William Wallace, and my father has not shed his blood in vain. ❋ Unknown (1875)

_ Gazing in a dazed way at the awful sights of this circle, Dante learns it is twenty-one miles in circumference, ere he passes on to the next bridge, where lamentations such as assail one's ears in a hospital constantly arise. ❋ Unknown (1894)

It was hard to think, hard even to pray, gloomy ideas, and doubts, and fears, such as assail even true Christians, crowded on his mind. ❋ William Henry Giles Kingston (1847)

ABC News 'Jake Tapper reported last night that the White House planned to "assail" Inhofe's remarks, though it was unclear whether Obama himself would comment on them: ❋ Unknown (2009)

I am the chair of the Domestic Violence Judicial panel in my county (not Ruralshire) and encourage my colleagues to pass significant custodial sentences at the first offence stage for DV convictions, particularly if the assail; ant pleads not guilty but is found guilty after a trial involving the victim as a witness. ❋ Inspector Gadget (2009)

Unable to directly assail the cognitive capabilities of Mr. Obama -- and, because of Obama's middle class roots, unable to brand him an "elitist" as they did with Mr. Gore in 2000 and Mr. Kerry in 2004, despite Mr. Bush's more "elitist" pedigree Yale's Skull and Bones, anyone? ❋ James Marshall Crotty (2011)

Had he been more than a normal thoroughbred dog, he would have continued to assail his impregnable enemy until he burst his heart or fell in a fit. ❋ Unknown (2010)

The meetings are part of a charm offensive Ms. Warren is waging aimed at critics of the new consumer agency, which many financial executives and free-market advocates assail as big-government overreach. ❋ Victoria McGrane (2011)

Mr. Paul's new strategy has been to assail opponents like Mr. Gingrich, hoping to remind voters of his rivals' flaws. ❋ Kimberley A. Strassel (2011)

A week ago, even after the CEO of Tides released a powerful public letter to Fox advertisers describing what it felt like to be targeted for assassination, Beck continued to assail Tides as representing "paganism" and "evil stuff." ❋ David (2010)

The federal deployment of horses to the border coinciding with severe disciplinary actions against Border Patrol agents increasingly criticizing untamed border policies spinning wildly out of control is creating a rodeo of dramatic irony that would assail even the imagination of classic satirist George Orwell. ❋ Gabriel Schivone (2012)

So many of us are surrounded by family who constantly assail us like this (parents, in-laws etc) and understand the wonderful gift that is a supportive husband who, even if the entire church and family, are constantly pushing for us to entre their post-modern feminist world, will stand by us and be our comfort, our earthly rock. ❋ Unknown (2009)

We can analyze the minutia ad infinitum, point our fingers of blame at Tea Party politics and assail the rhetoric of the right wing more broadly. ❋ Morris W. O'Kelly (2011)

And "feeling" – happiness, yes, but sadness, too, and all the dozens of other emotions that assail a person in the course of the average hour – was the engine for all that he did with the rest of his life. ❋ Unknown (2011)

Nowadays, partisans on one side of the aisle mercilessly assail their opponents as nefarious ideologues bent on the destruction of the nation, while claiming the sacred mantle of the Founding Fathers as exclusively their own. ❋ Morgan Pehme (2011)

All assail the federal government for giving the company store away to the poor. ❋ Earl Ofari Hutchinson (2010)

The Republican nominee will assail Obama's fiscal record and promise a determined assault on the debt. ❋ Greg Ip (2010)

The White House method is nonetheless to assail even disinterested analysts as dishonest or motivated by bad faith, and the habit is especially pronounced against businesses that have something to lose. ❋ Unknown (2011)

The increased support for athletics comes as student groups and other critics assail the rising cost of college, which has climbed precipitously in the last decade. ❋ Unknown (2010)

reviewers assailed [the book] as [soon] as it [came] out ❋ IceCreamLove (2015)

He was [attacked] by an [unknown assailant]. ❋ DefinitionsFortheSoul (2009)

Mike Tyson to [Dermot] Murnaghan on [Sky News]: ""You're starting to irritate me now... I guess I did change because I'm not [assailing] you"" ❋ Hip-Hopper (2009)

i went into [the room] and an [assailance] [took] place. ❋ Matt (2004)

America has [elected] a most [pernicious] and [destructive] cultural assailant. ❋ Dr Bunnygirl (2019)

Boomer: I have had serious and [invasive] and surgery and my husband was brutally murdered by an unknown assailant. [AFP]: You had lip filler and your finger prints were [on the mix] master. ❋ Imwearingawire (2023)

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