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Synonyms of assail in English:


  • 1 the army moved down the slope to assail the enemy
    attack, assault, make an assault on, launch an attack on, pounce on, set upon, set about, launch oneself at, weigh into, fly at, let fly at, turn on, round on, lash out at, hit out at, beset, belabour, fall on, accost, mug, charge, rush, storm, besiege
    British informal have a go at
    North American informal light into
  • 2 she was assailed by doubts
    trouble, disturb, worry, plague, beset, torture, torment, rack, bedevil, nag, vex, harass, pester, dog;
    be prey to, be the victim of
  • 3 critics assailed the policy
    criticize, censure, attack, condemn, castigate, chastise, berate, lambaste, lash, pillory, find fault with, abuse, revile, give someone a bad press
    British informal slate, slag off, monster
    North American informal pummel, cut up
    Australian/New Zealand informal bag
    dated rate
    archaic slash
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