assail


assail

verb

Definition of ASSAIL

1
to criticize harshly and usually publicly <the union organizers assailed the chemical company for failing to provide a safe working environment>
2
to take sudden, violent action against <a band of hooligans assailed the homeless man, punching and kicking him senseless>
Synonyms assail, assault, beset, bushwhack, charge, descend (on or upon), go in (on), jump (on), pounce (on or upon), raid, rush, set on, sic (also sick), storm, strike, trash, turn (on)
Near Antonyms cover, defend, guard, protect, secure, shield

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