Definition of assail in English:


Line breaks: as¦sail
Pronunciation: /əˈseɪl


[with object]



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  • 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.


Middle English: from Old French asaill-, stressed stem of asalir, from medieval Latin assalire, from Latin assilire, from ad- 'to' + salire 'to leap'; compare with assault.

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