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assail

Synonyms and Antonyms of assail

1 to criticize harshly and usually publicly

  • the union organizers assailed the chemical company for failing to provide a safe working environment
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Phrases Synonymous with assail

beat up on, light into, sail into, tie into

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2 to take sudden, violent action against

  • the small birds assailed the larger one that had threatened their nest
Synonyms of assail
Words Related to assail
Phrases Synonymous with assail

beat up on, fly at, go at, light into, pitch into, round on, set at, set upon, tear into

Near Antonyms of assail

Synonym Discussion of assail

attack, assail, assault, bombard, storm mean to make an onslaught upon. attack implies taking the initiative in a struggle.
    • plan to attack the town at dawn
assail implies attempting to break down resistance by repeated blows or shots.
    • assailed the enemy with artillery fire
assault suggests a direct attempt to overpower by suddenness and violence of onslaught.
    • Commandos assaulted the building from all sides.
bombard applies to attacking with bombs or shells.
    • bombarded the city nightly
storm implies attempting to break into a defended position.
    • preparing to storm the fortress


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