assailant

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Etymology[edit]

Old French asaillant, from the verb asaillir (to jump on), from Latin assaliō, itself from ad (to, towards) + saliō (to jump).

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Noun[edit]

assailant (plural assailants)

  1. Someone who attacks or assails another violently, or criminally; an attacker.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) A hostile critic or opponent.

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Adjective[edit]

assailant (not comparable)

  1. Assailing; attacking.
    • 1671, John Milton, Samson Agonistes, lines 1687 to 1696.
      But he though blind of sight, / Despis'd, and thought extinguish'd quite, / With inward eyes illuminated, / His fiery virtue roused / From under ashes into sudden flame, / And as an evening dragon came, / Assailant on the perched roosts / And nests in order ranged / Of tame villatic fowl, but as an eagle / His cloudless thunder bolted on their heads.

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