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Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns.
  attack physically or verbally
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assailed assail assails assailing assailable
Strongly Associated with:   assailant
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  • Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns.
  • Discourteous knight, it ill becomes you to assail one who cannot defend himself...
    Miguel Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It didn’t just smell—the odor assailed her like the Force in a Star Wars movie.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Couldn’t she know what she did to me with this concubine’s speech, with those foul, priceless words which assailed like sharp spears the bastion of my own Christian gentility, with its aching repressions and restraints?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Hygeia was assailing Piper with health care questions.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Even as all five of my senses were assailed, I managed to recall Ben’s words.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • And now a new temptation assailed him.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • I can’t quite explain it, but I was assailed by doubts, and that feeling of disquiet never left me.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Hitherto I had blamed only the servants, but now a terrible fear began to assail me.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Her innocence had kept her in ignorance of the dangers that might assail a young girl of her age.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • Now, however, the concept of human brotherhood began to be assailed by people who were not yet in positions of command, but merely hoped to be so before long.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I do not know the reason for your flight, and therefore I do not know by what means your pursuers will assail you.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • They had assailed the buyer, argued; but they were routed when his interest seemed to flag and he had told them he didn’t want the stuff at any price.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Heat assailed Eragon like a physical blow as he dismounted Snowfire onto the baked, cracked ground.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Having repeated these words the captain wiped his eyes and gave himself a shake, as if driving away the weakness which assailed him at this touching recollection.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • An anxious doubt assailed him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Maia raced along the rocky ground, starlight raking its cool fingers through her coat, the strong scents of battle assailing her sensitive nose—blood, sweat, and the burned-rubber stench of dark magic.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Clary stared at him, then spun around as the rending screech of metal assailed her ears.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • My mother’s beauty literally assailed me.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • To attack the first is not to assail the last.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • This resistance only infuriated Mr. Sikes the more; who, dropping on his knees, began to assail the animal most furiously.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He was continually assailed by questions.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • A shameful consciousness of his own person assailed him.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • I was immediately assailed by the scent.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • At this pale fear assailed them, and next they heard again the old forecaster, Halitherses Mastorides.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • He walked slowly and cautiously, prepared to be assailed at any moment.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Sometimes I lose faith in human nature for a time; I am assailed by doubt.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • The storm still assailed the tree, accompanied by a thudding rain that matched the pounding in his head.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • At the same instant the car was assailed by a most terrifying shriek; the visitors started in alarm, the women turned pale and shrank back.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • She will not stay the siege of loving terms Nor bide th’ encounter of assailing eyes, Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold: O, she’s rich in beauty; only poor That, when she dies, with beauty dies her store.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • The Seeker was planted on the sidewalk next to my open trunk, assailing me with snide questions and comments whenever I was in hearing distance.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The terrors that had assailed me whenever Mrs. Joe had gone near the pantry, or out of the room, were only to be equalled by the remorse with which my mind dwelt on what my hands had done.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He had told her he’d be late today, detained at a meeting of the Literary Club, but he was a terrible liar and guilt assailed him now.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • He was assailed by a fancy for peevish familiarity, common enough to doctors and priests, but which was not habitual with him.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They only laughed and poked sticks at him, which he promptly assailed with his teeth till he realized that that was what they wanted.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • A bitter cold assailed me.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • It was only one phase of the multitudinous emotions which had assailed her.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • I am made by God, thanks be to Him, such that your misery toucheth me not, nor doth the flame of this burning assail me.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Sit down awhile, And let us once again assail your ears, That are so fortified against our story, What we two nights have seen.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Ah, here they are—the mixed metaphors mocking and strutting about before me, pointing to the bull in the china shop assailed by hailstones and the bugbears with pale looks, an unanalyzed species!
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • The Hurons were compelled to withdraw, and the scene of the contest rapidly changed from the more open ground, on which it had commenced, to a spot where the assailed found a thicket to rest upon.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Immediately, their nostrils were assailed by the odor of cinnamon—heavy and pungent.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • [Closer again] We keep records of every stage—dozens of gramophone disks and photographs— HIGGINS [assailing her at the other ear] Yes, by George: it’s the most absorbing experiment I ever tackled.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • A cold qualm of guilt assailed Scarlett at the thought of Ellen’s consternation, should she ever learn of her daughter’s scandalous conduct.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Here I cannot but take notice of our poor dying slave, who, tho’ stopt from his retreat by a fatal arrow, yet with his staff and hatchet, desperately and gallantly assailed his pursuers, and killed five of the savages, before his life submitted to a multiplicity of wounds.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • He was perceptive enough to know it was not an acceptance, and again doubt assailed him.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Well, said the knights, make you ready, and we shall assail you with all our power.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Quite a different annoyance suddenly assailed him.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Charles had moved into a shed where his nostrils would not be assailed by the immaculate but painful smells of lye and soda and ammonia and yellow soap.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Perfume of embraces all him assailed.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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