assail
[ uh-seyl ]
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Part of Speechverb
Origin + Etymology
1200's; Frenchfrom Old French asaill-, stressed stem of asalir, from medieval Latin assalire, from Latin assilire, from ad- ‘to’ + salire ‘to leap’; compare with assault
Synonyms
  • bash
  • lambaste
  • assault
Antonyms
  • help
  • praise
  • protect
Definition
to attack vigorously or violently; assault
Example
The swimmer was terrified that the circling shark was going to assail him before he could make it to shore.
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