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as·sail

 (ə-sāl′)
tr.v. as·sailed, as·sail·ing, as·sails
1. To attack violently, as with blows or military force; assault.
2. To attack verbally, as with ridicule or censure. See Synonyms at attack.
3. To trouble or beset, as with questions or doubts.

[Middle English assailen, from Old French asalir, asaill-, from Vulgar Latin *assalīre, variant of Latin assilīre, to jump on : ad-, onto; see ad- + salīre, to jump; see sel- in Indo-European roots.]

as·sail′a·ble adj.
as·sail′a·bil′i·ty n.
as·sail′er n.
as·sail′ment n.

assail

(əˈseɪl)
vb (tr)
1. to attack violently; assault
2. to criticize or ridicule vehemently, as in argument
3. to beset or disturb: his mind was assailed by doubts.
4. to encounter with the intention of mastering: to assail a problem; to assail a difficult mountain ridge.
[C13: from Old French asalir, from Vulgar Latin assalīre (unattested) to leap upon, from Latin assilīre, from salīre to leap]
asˈsailable adj
asˈsailer n
asˈsailment n

as•sail

(əˈseɪl)

v.t.
1. to attack vigorously or violently; assault.
2. to attack verbally, as with arguments, criticism, or abuse.
3. to make an impact on; beset: The harsh light assailed their eyes.
[1175–1225; Middle English asaylen < Old French asaill-, tonic s. of asalir < Vulgar Latin *assalīre, for Latin assilīre; see assault]
as•sail′a•ble, adj.
as•sail′a•ble•ness, n.
as•sail′er, n.
as•sail′ment, n.
syn: See attack.

assail


Past participle: assailed
Gerund: assailing

Imperative
assail
assail
Present
I assail
you assail
he/she/it assails
we assail
you assail
they assail
Preterite
I assailed
you assailed
he/she/it assailed
we assailed
you assailed
they assailed
Present Continuous
I am assailing
you are assailing
he/she/it is assailing
we are assailing
you are assailing
they are assailing
Present Perfect
I have assailed
you have assailed
he/she/it has assailed
we have assailed
you have assailed
they have assailed
Past Continuous
I was assailing
you were assailing
he/she/it was assailing
we were assailing
you were assailing
they were assailing
Past Perfect
I had assailed
you had assailed
he/she/it had assailed
we had assailed
you had assailed
they had assailed
Future
I will assail
you will assail
he/she/it will assail
we will assail
you will assail
they will assail
Future Perfect
I will have assailed
you will have assailed
he/she/it will have assailed
we will have assailed
you will have assailed
they will have assailed
Future Continuous
I will be assailing
you will be assailing
he/she/it will be assailing
we will be assailing
you will be assailing
they will be assailing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been assailing
you have been assailing
he/she/it has been assailing
we have been assailing
you have been assailing
they have been assailing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been assailing
you will have been assailing
he/she/it will have been assailing
we will have been assailing
you will have been assailing
they will have been assailing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been assailing
you had been assailing
he/she/it had been assailing
we had been assailing
you had been assailing
they had been assailing
Conditional
I would assail
you would assail
he/she/it would assail
we would assail
you would assail
they would assail
Past Conditional
I would have assailed
you would have assailed
he/she/it would have assailed
we would have assailed
you would have assailed
they would have assailed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.assail - attack someone physically or emotionallyassail - attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
bait - attack with dogs or set dogs upon
sic, set - urge to attack someone; "The owner sicked his dogs on the intruders"; "the shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits"
bulldog - attack viciously and ferociously
rush - attack suddenly
blindside - attack or hit on or from the side where the attacked person's view is obstructed
savage - attack brutally and fiercely
reassail - assail again; "Her old fears reassailed her"
jump - make a sudden physical attack on; "The muggers jumped the woman in the fur coat"
set upon, beset - assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards"
rape, ravish, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrage, violate - force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
desecrate, outrage, profane, violate - violate the sacred character of a place or language; "desecrate a cemetery"; "violate the sanctity of the church"; "profane the name of God"
molest - harass or assault sexually; make indecent advances to
2.assail - launch an attack or assault onassail - 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"
fight, struggle, contend - be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"
aggress, attack - take the initiative and go on the offensive; "The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack"
submarine - attack by submarine; "The Germans submarined the Allies"
pelt, pepper - attack and bombard with or as if with missiles; "pelt the speaker with questions"
strike, hit - make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target; "The Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939"; "We must strike the enemy's oil fields"; "in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2"
counterattack, counterstrike - make a counterattack
gas - attack with gas; subject to gas fumes; "The despot gassed the rebellious tribes"
surprise, storm - attack by storm; attack suddenly
blitz - attack suddenly and without warning; "Hitler blitzed Poland"
invade, occupy - march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation; "Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"
besiege, circumvent, hem in, beleaguer, surround - surround so as to force to give up; "The Turks besieged Vienna"
bomb, bombard - throw bombs at or attack with bombs; "The Americans bombed Dresden"
strafe - attack with machine guns or cannon fire from a low-flying plane; "civilians were strafed in an effort to force the country's surrender"
cannonade - attack with cannons or artillery
torpedo - attack or hit with torpedoes
raid, bust - search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on; "The police raided the crack house"
3.assail - attack in speech or writingassail - attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
criticise, criticize, pick apart, knock - find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free"
blackguard, clapperclaw, abuse, shout - use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"
claw - attack as if with claws; "The politician clawed his rival"
vitriol - subject to bitter verbal abuse
rip - criticize or abuse strongly and violently; "The candidate ripped into his opponent mercilessly"
whang - attack forcefully; "whang away at the school reform plan"
barrage, bombard - address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage; "The speaker was barraged by an angry audience"; "The governor was bombarded with requests to grant a pardon to the convicted killer"
scald, blister, whip - subject to harsh criticism; "The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday"; "the professor scaled the students"; "your invectives scorched the community"
rubbish - attack strongly

assail

verb
1. criticize, abuse, blast, flame (informal), put down, malign, berate, revile, vilify, tear into (informal), diss (slang, chiefly U.S.), impugn, go for the jugular, lambast(e) These newspapers assail the government each day.
2. attack, charge, assault, invade, set about, beset, fall upon, set upon, lay into (informal), maltreat, belabour He was assailed by a young man with a knife.
3. plague, trouble, pain, harry, bother, disturb, torture, haunt, annoy, tease, torment, harass, hassle (informal), afflict, badger, persecute, molest, pester, vex, bedevil, give someone grief (Brit. & S. African) She is assailed by self-doubt and emotional insecurity.

assail

verb
1. To hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows:
Informal: lambaste.
Slang: clobber.
Idiom: rain blows on.
2. To attack with harsh, often insulting language:
3. To set upon with violent force:
Translations
يُهاجِم بِعُنْف، يُزْعِج بِالأسْئِلَه
napadnoutútočit na
angribeoverfaldeplage
ráîast á; kvelja, hrjá
pultiužpultiužpuolėjasužversti
uzbrukt
şiddetle saldırmak

assail

[əˈseɪl] VT (frm)
1. (= attack) (lit) → acometer, atacar (fig) → atacar
he was assailed by criticsle atacaron los críticos
a sound assailed my earun ruido penetró (en) mis oídos
2. (= bombard) to assail sb with questionsasaltar or bombardear a algn a preguntas, freír a algn a preguntas
they assailed her with questionsla asaltaron or bombardearon a preguntas, la frieron a preguntas
he was assailed by doubts; doubts assailed himle asaltaban las dudas

assail

[əˈseɪl] vtassaillir
to be assailed by doubts → être assailli par le doute

assail

vt (lit, fig)angreifen; (fig: with questions etc) → überschütten, bombardieren; a harsh sound assailed my earsein scharfes Geräusch drang an mein Ohr; to be assailed by doubtsvon Zweifeln befallen sein or geplagt werden

assail

[əˈseɪl] vt to assail (with)assalire (di)

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 was only one phase of the multitudinous emotions which had assailed her.
The Hurons were compelled to withdraw, and the scene of the contest rapidly changed from the more open ground, on which it had commenced, to a spot where the assailed found a thicket to rest upon.
No hour of my stay in fact was so assailed with apprehensions as that of my coming down to learn that the carriage containing Mrs.
One wondered about this, as also about the swarms of flies which hung about the scene, literally blackening the air, and the strange, fetid odor which assailed one's nostrils, a ghastly odor, of all the dead things of the universe.
And then they all three left Sir Kay, and turned unto Sir Launcelot, and there began great battle, for they alight all three, and strake many strokes at Sir Launcelot, and assailed him on every side.
I was in the very first act of detailing an Expedition to succor him, when the cord was assailed with a series of such frantic jerks that I could hardly keep hold of it.
It was a common trick with the boys--particularly if a stranger was present--to pretend a cramp and howl for help; then when the stranger came tearing hand over hand to the rescue, the howler would go on struggling and howling till he was close at hand, then replace the howl with a sarcastic smile and swim blandly away, while the town boys assailed the dupe with a volley of jeers and laughter.
Suddenly his vision was assailed by the sight of a rose-colored parasol gayly unfurled in a shop window, signaling the passer-by and setting him to dream of summer sunshine.
How the trampers might have behaved, had the young ladies been more courageous, must be doubtful; but such an invitation for attack could not be resisted; and Harriet was soon assailed by half a dozen children, headed by a stout woman and a great boy, all clamorous, and impertinent in look, though not absolutely in word.
The last and worst of all misfortunes had assailed it.
By this he felt himself so inspired that he would not have flinched if all the carriers in the world had assailed him.
It is curious to observe, with what vehemence this part of the plan is assailed, on the principle here taken notice of, by men who profess to admire, without exception, the constitution of this State; while that constitution makes the Senate, together with the chancellor and judges of the Supreme Court, not only a court of impeachments, but the highest judicatory in the State, in all causes, civil and criminal.