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assail

verb

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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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2 to take sudden, violent action against
  • the small birds assailed the larger one that had threatened their nest

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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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The first known use of assail was in the 13th century

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“Assail.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/assailable. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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