- IPA: /əˈseɪl/
assail (assails, present participle assailing; past and past participle assailed)
- (transitive) To attack with harsh words or violent force.
- Muggers assailed them as they entered an alley.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book I, canto VI, page 76 ↗:
- So when he ſaw his flatt’ring artes to ſayle, / And ſubtile engines bett from batteree, / With greedy force he gan the fort aſſayle, / Whereof he weend poſſeſe ſoone to bee / And win rich ſpoile of ranſackt chaſtitee.
- 1897, Saki [Hector Hugh Munro], “The Storyteller”:
- For the next six months or so those children will assail her in public with demands for an improper story!
- French: assaillir
- German: angreifen
- Italian: assalire
- Portuguese: investir
- Russian: напада́ть
- Spanish: atacar, asaltar, aturdir