assailant


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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 ?
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.
As before, when Sing had threatened to filch his new possession from him, Number One held the girl with one hand while he met the attack of this new assailant with the other; but here was very different metal than had succumbed to him before.
The foremost assailant leaped quickly upward, but at the top he met the sudden sword that he had not expected--the quarry had been unarmed before.
Then one advanced singly, and apparently more in the character of a herald than of an assailant.
Before a second assailant could gain a foothold on the gallery, the formidable hunchback leaped to the head of the ladder, without uttering a word, seized the ends of the two uprights with his powerful hands, raised them, pushed them out from the wall, balanced the long and pliant ladder, loaded with vagabonds from top to bottom for a moment, in the midst of shrieks of anguish, then suddenly, with superhuman force, hurled this cluster of men backward into the Place.
He scrambled to his feet, and perceiving, evidently, the size of his assailant, ran quickly off, shouting alarms.
Daddy Jacques showed a stupidly sorrowful face and with silly lamentations kept repeating that we were mistaken--the keeper could not be the assailant.
Sancho Panza, who was coming on close behind puffing and blowing, seeing him fall, cried out to his assailant not to strike him again, for he was poor enchanted knight, who had never harmed anyone all the days of his life; but what checked the clown was, not Sancho's shouting, but seeing that Don Quixote did not stir hand or foot; and so, fancying he had killed him, he hastily hitched up his tunic under his girdle and took to his heels across the country like a deer.
Nor are there wanting other motions of the whale in his general body, full of strangeness, and unaccountable to his most experienced assailant.
His assailant could not forbear laughing heartily at his plight, but was also quick to lend his aid.
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.