assail

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English assailen, from Old French asaillir, from Latin assiliō, from ad (towards) + saliō (to jump). See also assault.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /əˈseɪl/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪl

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assail (third-person singular simple present assails, present participle assailing, simple past and past participle assailed)

  1. (transitive) To attack with harsh words or violent force (also figuratively).
    Muggers assailed them as they entered an alley.
    Our ears were assailed by her joyous efforts on her new saxophone.

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