What does assail mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assail, assault, set on, attack(verb)

    attack someone physically or emotionally

    "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"

  2. attack, assail(verb)

    launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

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

  3. attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assault(verb)

    attack in speech or writing

    "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"


  1. 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. Munro's short story, "The Storyteller").

    Etymology: verb asaillir, from assilio, from ad + salio. See also assault.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assail(verb)

    to attack with violence, or in a vehement and hostile manner; to assault; to molest; as, to assail a man with blows; to assail a city with artillery

  2. Assail(verb)

    to encounter or meet purposely with the view of mastering, as an obstacle, difficulty, or the like

  3. Assail(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.; as, to assail one with appeals, arguments, abuse, ridicule, and the like

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Assail

    as-sāl′, v.t. to assault: to attack.—adj. Assail′able.—ns. Assail′ant, one who assails or attacks; Assail′ment. [O. Fr. asaillir—L. assilīread, upon, and salīre, to leap.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. assail

    To attack with violence, or in a hostile manner; to assault, etc. See Attack.

How to pronounce assail?

  1. Alex
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How to say assail in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of assail in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of assail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of assail in a Sentence

  1. Charlotte Brontë:

    Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns.

  2. John Dryden:

    Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.

  3. Charlotte Bronte:

    Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.

  4. George Bernard Shaw:

    Let a short Act of Parliament be passed, placing all street musicians outside the protection of the law, so that any citizen may assail them with stones, sticks, knives, pistols, or bombs without incurring any penalties.

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    fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
    • A. transpire
    • B. elate
    • C. abide
    • D. affront

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