What does assail mean?

assail meaning in General Dictionary

To strike with violence or perhaps in a vehement and hostile fashion to assault to molest on assail a person with blows to assail a city with artillery

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  • assault some one actually or emotionally
  • start an attack or assault on; start hostilities or begin warfare with
  • assault in message or composing
  • To strike with violence, or in a vehement and dangerous fashion; to assault; to molest; because, to assail a person with hits; to assail a town with artillery.
  • To encounter or satisfy intentionally with all the view of mastering, as a hurdle, trouble, or even the want.
  • To strike morally, or with a view to make alterations in the thoughts, character, conduct, existing usages, establishments; to assault by terms, aggressive impact, etc.; since, to assail one with appeals, arguments, misuse, ridicule, and stuff like that.

assail meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, from Old French assalir "attack, assault, assail" (12c., contemporary French assaillir), from Vulgar Latin *adsalire "to leap at," from Latin ad- "at" (see ad-) + salire "to jump" (see salient (adj.)). Figurative use from mid-14c. Related: Assailed; assailing; assailable.


assail meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To strike with violence, or in a vehement and hostile manner; to assault; to molest; because, to assail a person with blows; to assail a city with artillery.

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  • (v. t.) To encounter or fulfill intentionally with all the view of mastering, as an obstacle, trouble, or even the like.
  • (v. t.) To strike morally, or with a view to produce alterations in the emotions, character, conduct, current usages, organizations; to strike by words, aggressive influence, etc.; as, to assail one with appeals, arguments, punishment, ridicule, and so on.

Sentence Examples with the word assail

Ordered Soult and Augereau on the left and right respectively to assail the enemy, Murat and the Guards remaining in the centre as reserve.

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