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assail

verb as·sail \ə-ˈsāl\

: to attack or criticize (someone or something) in a violent or angry way

Full Definition of ASSAIL

transitive verb
:  to attack violently with blows or words
as·sail·able \-ˈsā-lə-bəl\ adjective
as·sail·ant \-ˈsā-lənt\ noun

Examples of ASSAIL

  1. The movie was assailed by critics.
  2. politicians assailed by the media

Origin of ASSAIL

Middle English, from Anglo-French assaillir, from Vulgar Latin *assalire, alteration of Latin assilire to leap upon, from ad- + salire to leap — more at sally
First Known Use: 13th century

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