to attack vigorously or violently; assault.
to attack with arguments, criticism, ridicule, abuse, etc.:
to assail one’s opponent with slander.
to undertake with the purpose of mastering:
He assailed his studies with new determination.
to impinge upon; make an impact on; beset:
His mind was assailed by conflicting arguments. The light assailed their eyes.
As for the men, they twisted every item about Gourlay and his domicile into fresh matter of assailment.
The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
Was he not member, duly elected, without possibility of assailment in his legal right?
Annie Besant Annie Besant
Franklin sat by the side of Jefferson, as the admirable document was subjected to this assailment.
Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago John S. C. Abbott
to attack violently; assault
to criticize or ridicule vehemently, as in argument
to beset or disturb: his mind was assailed by doubts
to encounter with the intention of mastering: to assail a problem, to assail a difficult mountain ridge
c.1200, from Old French assalir “attack, assault, assail” (12c., Modern French assaillir), from Vulgar Latin *adsalire “to leap at,” from Latin ad- “at” (see ad-) + salire “to leap” (see salient (adj.)). Figurative use from mid-14c. Related: Assailed; assailing; assailable.
- Assam states
a group of former states in NE India, most of which are now part of the state of Assam.
a state in NE India. 85,012 sq. mi. (220,181 sq. km). Capital: Shillong. Contemporary Examples That’s because we’ve had an outbreak of bloodshed in the eastern state of Assam. The Irony of the Anti-Immigration Violence in Assam Dilip D’Souza August 19, 2012 One, the specter of the Bangladeshi Muslim invasion is a widely-held impression about […]
of or relating to , its inhabitants, or their language. a native or inhabitant of . an Indic language of . Historical Examples Assamese, on the other hand, is remarkably free from these parasites, its vocabulary being mainly tadbhava. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5 Various But, son, I am angry that thou […]
a murderer, especially one who kills a politically prominent person for fanatical or monetary reasons. (initial capital letter) one of an order of Muslim fanatics, active in Persia and Syria from about 1090 to 1272, whose chief object was to Crusaders. Contemporary Examples But the third room of the office is at the back, and […]