assail assail  /ə ˈseɪl/


  1. (v) attack someone physically or emotionally
  2. (v) launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
  3. (v) attack in speech or writing


Derived Word(s)


  1. And then, if Brazil doesn't demolish its opponent, their own fans assail them as mercenaries or playboys.
  2. Bill Clinton used Katrina to assail the Bush Administration for cronyism.
  3. Conservative activists would assail his views on gay marriage, the death penalty, gun control and taxes as typical New York City liberalism.


  1. Building his empire by taking other's homes

    He operates the largest foreclosure law firm in the state, and these hard times have made Mark P. Harmon a very busy man. Some critics assail his tactics, but Harmon is unapologetic: Lenders, after all, need zealous lawyers, too.        
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Boston Globe

  2. Justin Bieber: Paps, Cats, And Security Video Gaps

    Justin Bieber’s life, a molten mix of paparazzo dodging, supercar driving, touring and, of late, police investigations — now has a cat in it. More on that below. So, to the first of these. The latest frenzied event to assail the 19-year-old took place at around 11:45 pm on Monday night when the singer struck... Read more » Justin Bieber: Paps, Cats, And Security Video Gaps is a post from: The ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Inquisitr

  3. Techies’ Efforts to Own #Snowden/NSA Surveillance Narrative = #Fail

    Some Silicon Valley figures, along with some Democratic party-aligned media outlets, have tried assailing Glenn Greenwald, and indirectly, Edward Snowden, by trying to discredit certain aspects of the Guardian account of NSA surveillance in the US. But the tech pedants' efforts to take down Greenwald and Snowden aren't simply petty and disingenuous, they are ultimately destructive of the ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Naked Capitalism


  1. "The people of God are with you and will not let themselves be influenced by the petty gossip of the moment, by the trials that sometimes assail the community of believers," Sodano told Benedict.
    on Jun 29, 2010 By: Cardinal Angelo Sodano Source: Nigeria Daily Independent

  2. "She's a king-maker. She made Obama. ...... She's up there so high that no one can assail this pick. This would be huge," Blagojevich is heard saying on the tape.
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Rod Blagojevich Source: Los Angeles Times (blog)

  3. "Save us from the wars and armed conflicts which lay waste whole areas of the world, from the scourge of terrorism and from the many forms of violence which assail the weak and the vulnerable," John Paul said to thousands of people gathered in...
    on Dec 25, 2003 By: Pope John Paul II Source: San Diego Union Tribune

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