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Verb: assail  u'seyl
  1. Use aggressive force against
    "Nightmares assailed him regularly";
    - assault, set on, attack
     
  2. Launch assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
    "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week";
    - attack
     
  3. Aggressively challenge in speech or writing
    "The editors of the left-leaning paper assailed the new House Speaker";
    - attack, round, lash out, snipe, assault

Derived forms: assails, assailed, assailing

Type of: contend, criticise [Brit], criticize, damn, fight, knock, pick apart, struggle

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