Assail

  • 1 Assail — As*sail ([a^]s*s[=a]l ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Assailed} ( s[=a]ld ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Assailing}.] [OE. assailen, asailen, OF. asaillir, assailler, F. assaillir; a (L. ad) + saillir to burst out, project, fr. L. salire to leap, spring; cf. L.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Assail — may refer to:* Assail (Malazan), a continent in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series * HMAS Assail (P 89), an Attack class patrol boat * USS Assail (AM 147), an Admirable class minesweeperee also* Assail Bank * Assailant …

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  • 3 assail — (v.) c.1200, from O.Fr. assalir attack, assault, assail (12c., Mod.Fr. assaillir), from V.L. *adsalire to leap at, from L. ad at (see AD (Cf. ad )) + salire to leap (see SALIENT (Cf. salient)). Figurative use from mid 14c. Related …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 assail — I verb accost, adgredi, adoriri, advance against, advance upon, aggress, assault, assault belligerently, attack, beset, encounter, fall upon, invade, mug, oppugn, oppugnare, rush upon, savage, set upon, set upon with violence, storm, thrust at,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 assail — bombard, *attack, assault, storm Analogous words: beset (see INFEST): belabor, pummel, buffet, pound, *beat …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 assail — [v] attack, usually with words abuse, assault, bash, berate, beset, blast, blister, bust, charge, come at, criticize, encounter, have at*, impugn, invade, lambaste, lay into*, malign, maltreat, molest, revile, set upon*, trash*, vilify, work… …

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  • 7 assail — ► VERB 1) attack violently. 2) (of an unpleasant feeling) come upon (someone) strongly. ORIGIN Latin assalire, from salire to leap …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 assail — [ə sāl′] vt. [ME assailen < OFr asaillir < VL assalire, for L assilire, to leap on < ad , to + salire, to leap: see SALIENT] 1. to attack physically and violently; assault 2. to attack with arguments, questions, doubts, etc. 3. to begin… …

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  • 9 assail — v. (formal) to assail bitterly * * * [ə seɪl] (formal) to assail bitterly …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 assail — UK [əˈseɪl] / US verb [transitive] Word forms assail : present tense I/you/we/they assail he/she/it assails present participle assailing past tense assailed past participle assailed 1) to make someone feel worried or upset He was assailed by… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 assail — assailable, adj. assailableness, n. assailer, n. assailment, n. /euh sayl /, v.t. 1. to attack vigorously or violently; assault. 2. to attack with arguments, criticism, ridicule, abuse, etc.: to assail one s opponent with slander …

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  • 12 assail — verb To attack violently. For the next six months or so those children will assail her in public with demands for an improper story! (from H.H. Munros short story, The Storyteller ) …

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  • 13 assail — as|sail [əˈseıl] v [T] formal [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: asaillir, from Latin assilire, from ad to + salire to jump ] 1.) [usually passive] if you are assailed by unpleasant thoughts or feelings, they worry or upset you ▪ Carla was… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 assail — [[t]əse͟ɪl[/t]] assails, assailing, assailed 1) VERB If someone assails you, they criticize you strongly. [WRITTEN] [V n] The opposition s newspapers assail the government each day... [V n] The labour movement has been assailed by accusations of… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 assail — verb (T) 1 (usually passive) if a thought or feeling assails you, it worries or upsets you: Carla was suddenly assailed by doubts. 2 to attack someone or something violently: assail sb with sth: The angry crowd assailed police with stones and… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 assail — verb 1) the army moved in to assail the enemy Syn: attack, assault, pounce on, set upon/about, fall on, charge, rush, storm; informal lay into, tear into, pitch into See note at attack 2) she was assailed by doub …

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  • 17 assail — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French assaillir, from Vulgar Latin *assalire, alteration of Latin assilire to leap upon, from ad + salire to leap more at sally Date: 13th century to attack violently with blows or words… …

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  • 18 assail — Synonyms and related words: ambush, assault, attack, blister, blitz, bushwhack, castigate, censure, come at, come down on, crack down on, criminate, cry out against, cry out on, cry shame upon, descend on, descend upon, excoriate, fall on, fall… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 assail — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. attack, set upon, assault; criticize. See disapprobation. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. attack, assault, beset, plague; see attack 2 . See Synonym Study at attack . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v.… …

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  • 20 assail — as|sail [ ə seıl ] verb transitive 1. ) make someone feel worried or upset: He was assailed by doubts. 2. ) FORMAL to physically attack or severely criticize someone 3. ) MAINLY LITERARY if a noise, smell, or sight assails you, you notice it… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English