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assail

as·sail

assail

 
pronunciation:
seIl
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: assailed, assails, asssailing
definition: to attack with vigor or violence; assault.
Loud music assailed our ears.She was assailed by a gang of ruffians.
synonyms:
assault, attack, descend upon
similar words:
abuse, accost, berate, beset, besiege, bombard, charge, harass, harry, importune, pelt, pitch into, raid, reproach, revile, rip into, rush, storm, vituperate
derivations: assailable (adj.), assailer (n.), assailment (n.)