HyperDic: assail

English > 3 senses of the word assail:
VERBcompetitionassail, assault, set on, attackattack someone physically or emotionally
competitionassail, attacklaunch an attack or assault on
communicationassail, attack, round, lash out, snipe, assaultattack in speech or writing
assail > pronunciation
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English > assail: 3 senses > verb 1, competition
Meaningattack someone physically or emotionally.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
Example "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
Synonymsassault, set on, attack
Entailed byhold up, stick uprob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat
Narrowerbaitattack with dogs or set dogs upon
beset, set uponassail or attack on all sides
blindsideattack or hit on or from the side where the attacked person's view is obstructed
bulldogattack viciously and ferociously
desecrate, profane, outrage, violateviolate the sacred character of a place or language
jumpmake a sudden physical attack on
molestharass or assault sexually
rape, ravish, violate, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrageForce (someone) to have sex against their will
reassailassail again
rushattack suddenly
savageattack brutally and fiercely
sic, seturge to attack someone
Spanishagredir, asaltar, atacar, violar
Catalanagredir, assaltar, atacar, violar
Nounsassailantsomeone who attacks
English > assail: 3 senses > verb 2, competition
Meaninglaunch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare / warfare with.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
Example "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
Narrowerbesiege, beleaguer, surround, hem in, circumventSurround so as to force to give up
blitzattack suddenly and without warning
bombard, bombThrow bombs at or attack with bombs
cannonadeattack with cannons or artillery
counterattack, counterstrikemake a counterattack
gasattack with gas
invade, occupymarch aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
pepper, peltattack and bombard with or as if with missiles
raid, bustSearch without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on
storm, surpriseattack by storm
strafeattack with machine guns or cannon fire from a low-flying plane
strike, hitmake a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target
submarineattack by submarine
torpedoattack or hit with torpedoes
Broadercontend, fight, struggleBe engaged in a fight
OppositedefendBe on the defensive
Similar toattack, aggressTake the initiative and go on the offensive
Spanishagredir, asaltar, atacar
Catalanagredir, assaltar, atacar
Adjectivesassailablenot defended or capable of being defended
Nounsassailantsomeone who attacks
English > assail: 3 senses > verb 3, communication
Meaningattack in speech or writing.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Synonymsattack, round, lash out, snipe, assault
Narrowerabuse, clapperclaw, blackguard, shoutUse foul or abusive language towards
blister, scald, whipsubject to harsh criticism
bombard, barrageAddress with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage
clawattack as if with claws
ripcriticize or abuse strongly and violently
rubbishattack strongly
vitriolsubject to bitter verbal abuse
whangattack forcefully
Broaderknock, criticize, criticise, pick apartfind fault with
Spanishagredir, atacar
Catalanagredir, atacar
Nounsassailantsomeone who attacks

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