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as·sail·ant

 (ə-sā′lənt)
n.
A person who attacks another.

assailant

(əˈseɪlənt)
n
a person who attacks another, either physically or verbally: he was unable to recognize his assailants.

as•sail•ant

(əˈseɪ lənt)

n.
a person who attacks.
[1525–35; < Middle French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.assailant - someone who attacksassailant - someone who attacks      
offender, wrongdoer - a person who transgresses moral or civil law
ambusher - an attacker who waits in a concealed position to launch a surprise attack
avenger, retaliator - someone who takes vengeance
brute, savage, wildcat, beast, wolf - a cruelly rapacious person
bludgeoner - an assailant who uses a bludgeon
bully, hooligan, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, yob, yobbo, yobo, tough - a cruel and brutal fellow
harrier, harasser - a persistent attacker; "the harassers were not members of the regular army"
iconoclast - someone who attacks cherished ideas or traditional institutions
marauder, piranha, predator, vulture - someone who attacks in search of booty
night rider, nightrider - member of a secret mounted band in United States South after the American Civil War; committed acts of intimidation and revenge
raper, rapist - someone who forces another to have sexual intercourse
shedder, spiller - an attacker who sheds or spills blood; "a great hunter and spiller of blood"
slasher - someone who slashes another person
stabber - someone who stabs another person
lapidator, stoner - an attacker who pelts the victim with stones (especially with intent to kill)

assailant

noun attacker, assaulter, invader, aggressor, assailer Other party-goers rescued the man from his assailant.

assailant

noun
One who starts a hostile action:
Translations
مُهاجِـم
útočník
angriberoverfaldsmandplageånd
árásarmaîur

assailant

[əˈseɪlənt] Nasaltante mf, agresor(a) m/f
she did not recognize her assailantsno reconoció a los que la agredieron
there were four assailantseran cuatro los agresores

assailant

[əˈseɪlənt] nagresseur m, assaillant m

assailant

nAngreifer(in) m(f)

assailant

[əˈseɪlənt] nassalitore/trice

assail

(əˈseil) verb
to attack, torment. He was assailed with questions; assailed by doubts.
asˈsailant noun
a person who attacks. His assailant came up behind him in the dark.
References in classic literature ?
It seemed impossible that either he or Abdul could survive the sea of wicked-looking swords and knives that surrounded them, but the very numbers of their assailants proved the best bulwark of their safety.
She posted the larger girls at the little levers that were to cast the rocks on the assailants, the smaller were to be used more for show than any positive service they could perform, while, like any other leader, she reserved her own person, as a superintendent and encourager of the whole.
At the same moment, a shower of large stones began to fall from the top of the façade on the assailants.
war-cries adopted by the assailants, as belonging to their assumed character of Saxon outlaws, was heard on every side, and on every side enemies appeared with a rapidity of advance and attack which seemed to multiply their numbers.
Smith-Oldwick dropped one of his assailants with a bullet through the chest and pulled his trigger on the second, only to have the hammer fall futilely upon an empty chamber.
Here they quickly scratched holes in the earth about two feet deep, in which they prostrated themselves, and while thus screened from the shots of the white men, were enabled to make such use of their bows and arrows and fusees, as to repulse their assailants and to effect their retreat.
It was followed by the swift flashes of the rifles, which sent their leaden messengers across the rock in volleys, as though the assailants would pour out their impotent fury on the insensible scene of the fatal contest.
By this time all Don Quixote's companions had come up to where he lay; but the processionists seeing them come running, and with them the officers of the Brotherhood with their crossbows, apprehended mischief, and clustering round the image, raised their hoods, and grasped their scourges, as the priests did their tapers, and awaited the attack, resolved to defend themselves and even to take the offensive against their assailants if they could.
Tars Tarkas and I found no time for an exchange of experiences as we stood there before the great boulder surrounded by the corpses of our grotesque assailants, for from all directions down the broad valley was streaming a perfect torrent of terrifying creatures in response to the weird call of the strange figure far above us.
The ebb-tide, which had so cruelly delayed us, was now making reparation and delaying our assailants.
I should certainly have never been able to do anything from being magnanimous--neither to forgive, for my assailant would perhaps have slapped me from the laws of nature, and one cannot forgive the laws of nature; nor to forget, for even if it were owing to the laws of nature, it is insulting all the same.
Besides, there had been no altercation; the assailant had come in so silently and suddenly, that she had been felled before she could look round.