Definition of assail in English:
- They approached warily, as though the food might leap up and assail their gullets violently.
- Only then would the Assault Transports assail the station with their mere 250 Marines.
- As one historian wrote, ‘All forms of property were assailed, all signs of wealth and privilege were attacked.’
- Mixed feelings could assail you in relation to love.
- New emotions assailed her so strongly she dropped to her knees with a moan.
- He slid his arm around her and pulled her closer, closing his eyes under the feelings assailing him.
- At a time when the Government is assailed by criticism and controversy, and when the Prime Minister's reputation is under such continuous attack, one would expect the opposition to be riding on a wave of success.
- Critics have assailed the lack of political leadership in all this.
- Why take risks, when the very name of the opera secures sold-out performances, assuming the critics don't assail it, or the conservative crowds don't shun it?
salient from mid 16th century:
This was first used as a heraldic term meaning ‘leaping’. It comes from Latin salire ‘to leap’. The sense ‘outstanding, significant’ as in salient point is found from the mid 19th century. Salire is behind many other English words including assail and assault (Middle English) ‘jumping on’ people; exult (late 16th century) ‘jump up’; insult; and result (Late Middle English) originally meaning ‘to jump back’. Salacious (mid 17th century) ‘undue interest in sexual matters’ is based on Latin salax, from salire. Its basic sense is ‘fond of leaping’, but as the word was used of stud animals it came to mean ‘lustful’. From the French form of salire come to sally out (mid 16th century) and sauté (early 19th century).
- Example sentences
- And taste is now a far weaker, more assailable notion than it was in the late eighteenth century.
- He looked alien, almost other worldly - and so desperately assailable.
- None had the training or experience to deal with a battlefield dominated by machine guns and artillery - a battlefield, which offered no assailable flanks as their soldiers dug in to escape the fury of mass industrial warfare.
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