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assail (verb) attack strongly and violently.
To attack a person violently to cause hurt to them is to assail them. The attack may be physical or verbal. When you assail a person (verbally), you abuse them. Assailing consists in hitting a person very hard and repeatedly, to injure them or even to kill them. To argue against a proposal, policy, etc., and to condemn them is to assail them. Also, if you are worried, or disturbed, you are assailed by doubts and worries.
- When Peter, alone in the house, tried to resist the burglars, they assailed him and left him fatally injured and unconscious.
- The opposition assailed the new taxation policy as favoring the wealthy, and totally against the interest of the have-nots.