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Definition 1: attack in speech or writing - [verb of communication]

Samples where assail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker

Synonyms for assail in the sense of this definition

(assail is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of assail ) use foul or abusive language towards

"The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket" "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"

(... is a kind of assail ) attack as if with claws

"The politician clawed his rival"

(... is a kind of assail ) subject to bitter verbal abuse

(... is a kind of assail ) criticize or abuse strongly and violently

"The candidate ripped into his opponent mercilessly"

(... is a kind of assail ) attack forcefully

"whang away at the school reform plan"

(... is a kind of assail ) 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"

(... is a kind of assail ) subject to harsh criticism

"The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday" "the professor scaled the students" "your invectives scorched the community"

(... is a kind of assail ) attack strongly

Definition 2: attack someone physically or emotionally - [verb of competition]

Samples where assail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The mugger assaulted the woman
  • Nightmares assailed him regularly

Synonyms for assail in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of assail ) attack with dogs or set dogs upon

(... is a kind of assail ) violate the sacred character of a place or language

"desecrate a cemetery" "violate the sanctity of the church" "profane the name of God"

(... is a kind of assail ) force (someone) to have sex against their will

"The woman was raped on her way home at night"

(... is a kind of assail ) assail or attack on all sides:

"The zebra was beset by leopards"

(... is a kind of assail ) make a sudden physical attack on

"The muggers jumped the woman in the fur coat"

(... is a kind of assail ) assail again

"Her old fears reassailed her"

(... is a kind of assail ) attack brutally and fiercely

(... is a kind of assail ) attack or hit on or from the side where the attacked person's view is obstructed

(... is a kind of assail ) attack suddenly

(... is a kind of assail ) attack viciously and ferociously

(... is a kind of assail ) urge to attack someone

"The owner sicked his dogs on the intruders" "the shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits"

(... is a kind of assail ) harass or assault sexually; make indecent advances to

Definition 3: launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with - [verb of competition]

Samples where assail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II
  • Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week

Synonyms for assail in the sense of this definition

(assail is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of assail ) attack or hit with torpedoes

(... is a kind of assail ) attack with cannons or artillery

(... is a kind of assail ) attack with machine guns or cannon fire from a low-flying plane

"civilians were strafed in an effort to force the country's surrender"

(... is a kind of assail ) throw bombs at or attack with bombs

"The Americans bombed Dresden"

(... is a kind of assail ) surround so as to force to give up

"The Turks besieged Vienna"

(... is a kind of assail ) march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation

"Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"

(... is a kind of assail ) attack suddenly and without warning

"Hitler blitzed Poland"

(... is a kind of assail ) attack by storm; attack suddenly

(... is a kind of assail ) attack with gas; subject to gas fumes

"The despot gassed the rebellious tribes"

(... is a kind of assail ) make a counterattack

(... is a kind of assail ) 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"

(... is a kind of assail ) attack and bombard with or as if with missiles

"pelt the speaker with questions"

(... is a kind of assail ) attack by submarine

"The Germans submarined the Allies"

(... is a kind of assail ) search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on

"The police raided the crack house"

(assail has a similar meaning as ...) take the initiative and go on the offensive

"The Serbs attacked the village at night" "The visiting team started to attack"

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