Assail

Definition of Assail

As`sail´   Pronunciation: ăs`sāl´
v. t.1.To attack with violence, or in a vehement and hostile manner; to assault; to molest; as, to assail a man with blows; to assail a city with artillery.
[imp. & p. p. Assailed (-sāld"); p. pr. & vb. n. Assailing.]
No rude noise mine ears assailing.
- Cowper.
No storm can now assail
The charm he wears within.
- Keble.
2.To encounter or meet purposely with the view of mastering, as an obstacle, difficulty, or the like.
The thorny wilds the woodmen fierce assail.
- Pope.
3.To attack morally, or with a view to produce changes in the feelings, character, conduct, existing usages, institutions; to attack by words, hostile influence, etc.; as, to assail one with appeals, arguments, abuse, ridicule, and the like.
The papal authority . . . assailed.
- Hallam.
They assailed him with keen invective; they assailed him with still keener irony.
- Macaulay.

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