Assailer

assail

[uh-seyl]
verb (used with object)
1.
to attack vigorously or violently; assault.
2.
to attack with arguments, criticism, ridicule, abuse, etc.: to assail one's opponent with slander.
3.
to undertake with the purpose of mastering: He assailed his studies with new determination.
4.
to impinge upon; make an impact on; beset: His mind was assailed by conflicting arguments. The light assailed their eyes.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English asaylen < Old French asalir < Late Latin assalīre, equivalent to Latin as- as- + salīre to leap, spring

assailable, adjective
assailableness, noun
assailer, noun
assailment, noun
unassailed, adjective
unassailing, adjective


1. See attack. 2. asperse, malign.
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assail (əˈseɪl)
 
vb
1.  to attack violently; assault
2.  to criticize or ridicule vehemently, as in argument
3.  to beset or disturb: his mind was assailed by doubts
4.  to encounter with the intention of mastering: to assail a problem; to assail a difficult mountain ridge
 
[C13: from Old French asalir, from Vulgar Latin assalīre (unattested) to leap upon, from Latin assilīre, from salīre to leap]
 
as'sailable
 
adj
 
as'sailer
 
n
 
as'sailment
 
n

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assail
early 13c., from O.Fr. assailir (12c.), from V.L. *adsalire "to leap at," from L. ad- "at" + salire "to leap" (see salient).
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