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Assail meaning

assail - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. attack in speech or writing; " The editors of the left- leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
  2. 2. launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; " Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; " Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
  3. 3. To encounter or meet purposely with the view of mastering, as an obstacle, difficulty, or the like.
  4. 4. To attack morally, or with a view to produce changes in the feelings, character, conduct, existing usages, institutions; to attack by words, hostile influence, etc.; as, to assail one with appeals, arguments, abuse, ridicule, and the like.

assail - examples of usage

  1. The distance between them hurt her terribly; one thing after another came into her mind, tempting her to assail Ralph with questions, to force him to confide in her, and to enjoy once more his intimacy. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. Nobody but that general himself and his confidential officers knew how really few they were, or how unfit to assail the Americans in their fortified camps on the shore of the sea. - "Ahead of the Army", W. O. Stoddard.
  3. For one or the other is pretty sure to assail us. - "Practical Ethics", William DeWitt Hyde.
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